The Rylands copy of the Aldine Vergil of 1501, the first of the standard octavo Aldines
Aldine Press was the
printing office started by
Aldus Manutius in 1494 in
Venice, from which were issued the celebrated Aldine editions of the classics (Latin and Greek masterpieces plus a few more modern works). The first book that was dated and printed under his name appeared in 1495.
The Aldine Press is famous in the history of
typography, among other things, for the introduction of
 The press was the first to issue printed books in the small
octavo size, similar to that of a modern paperback, and like that intended for portability and ease of reading.
:82-84 According to Curt Buhler, the press issued 132 books during twenty years of activity under Aldus.
 After Aldus’ death in 1515 the press was continued by his wife, Maria and her father, Andrea Torresani, until his son, Paulus Manutius (1512–1574) took over. His grandson
Aldus Manutius the Younger then ran the firm until his death in 1597. Today, the antique books printed by the Aldine Press in Venice are referred to as Aldines.
The press enjoyed a
monopoly of works printed in Greek in the Republic of Venice, effectively giving it copyright protection. Protection outside the Republic was more problematic, however. The firm maintained an agency in Paris, but its commercial success was affected by many counterfeit editions, produced in Lyons and elsewhere.