Friday, September 9, 2016

italics are cheaper! (and sort of look greek)

the main advantage of Manutius italics is that the new character is economic. compound with a tighter than the traditional approach Roman, italics allow the printer to save space and thus lower production costs of a book.

in the spirit of Manutius, italics should imitate the Greek writing of the time, which was decorated with many ligatures and other frills, which was much appreciated in Venice. The first book in which the character was used is a "Virgil" published in 1501 .