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Aldine Collection

1,500 items.

Both Lord Spencer and Richard Copley Christie assiduously collected Aldines, and therefore the Library has many duplicate and variant copies.

Of the 127 authenticated editions printed by Aldus Manutius from 1495 to 1515, the Library lacks only seven very rare and minor items.

There is also a virtually complete collection of all the publications of the Aldine Press from 1515 to 1598.

The Rylands collection of Aldines includes a substantial number of vellum copies. These are almost all ornately illuminated and form valuable source material for the study of book decoration.

The Library has nineteen Aldine editions and variants of Baldassare Castiglione’s Il Libro del Cortegiano (The Book of Courtesy) printed between 1528 and 1553. The collection also contains over 150 counterfeit Aldines, mainly printed at Lyon.

Finding aids

  • Recorded in  .
  • The collection is also recorded in a marked-up copy of The Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of Books by or Relating to the Press in the Library of the University of California, Los Angeles, Incorporating Works Recorded Elsewhere (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001).


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library