Aldus Manutius' printer's device  

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Aldus Manutius' printer's device[1][2] is a printer's mark by the Aldine Press. The logo depicts an anchor entwined by a dolphin.

Aldus Manutius used this printer's device for the easy identification of his product.

It is derived from the symbol of the ancient city of Beirut and text from the proverb "Festina lente" (hasten slowly), which Aldus had taken as a motto as early as 1499, and regularly expounded to his friends.

Today, it is represented in the symbols and names used by some modern publishers such as Doubleday.




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