The type first used by Aldo Manuzio in printing the Aldine
classics. It was called by him “Cursive” letters (a running hand; from
Latin, curro, to run). Virgil was the first author printed in
this type (1501). Francesco of Bologna cast it.
The words italicised
in the Bible have no corresponding words in the original. The
translators supplied these words to render the sense of the passage
more full and clear.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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