SIMON DE COLINES, AN ANNOTATED CATALOGUE OF 230 EXAMPLES OF HIS PRESS 1520-1546.

(Colines, Simon De).

  • Provo: Friends of the Brigham Young University Library, 1995.
  • small 4to.
  • cloth, paper spine label.
  • lxxxiv, 242, (4) pages.
  • Order Nr. 42579
  • Price: $150.00  other currencies
SIMON DE COLINES, AN ANNOTATED CATALOGUE OF 230 EXAMPLES OF HIS PRESS 1520-1546.

First edition, limited to 750 copies. The first true Renaissance printer, Colines worked with the finest French book decorators and type designers to transform the French book. By using the format pioneered by Aldus Manutius, his press (1520-1546) published reasonably priced "pocket" classics, making them affordable by students and popularizing italic and cursive types in France. De Colines holds the distinction of having prepared the first critical text of the Greek New Testament, and the first printed in France. He produced the earliest accented Greek type in France, fifteen years prior to the Grecs du Roi. In 1528, de Colines introduced an elegant cursive, derived from Arrighi, followed by a smaller italic based on the Aldine. The 230 books described in this work, one-third of de Colines's actual production, illustrate de Colines's types, ornamental initials, printer devices and title borders. A catalogue of the books published and facsimiles of two of Colines's publisher catalogues are also included. Designed by W. Thomas Taylor. Illustrated.