Selected Imprints

Johannes Gutenberg, Aldus Manutius, and Christopher Plantin, the most important scholar-printers of the sixteenth-century, were committed to creating finely crafted works of literary and artistic significance. Often with little monetary reward, they defined the tradition of fine printing based on the exquisite calligraphy and illumination of manuscripts produced in early monastic scriptoria. From the first private press established in 1639, to modern private hand presses, the concern has always been for the Book Beautiful.