Aldus leaf

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Aldus leaf in two forms (ITC Zapf Dingbats)
Aldus leaves as Alinea (Cuningham: The Cosmographical Grasse . London 1559)
Two lying Aldus leaves at the lower edge (homage to Adam von Dobschütz, historical print around 1600)

The Aldus leaf is an ornament form, which is named after the Italian printer and publisher Aldus Manutius . He used the heart-shaped leaf as an ornament in his books. Another name for the aldus leaf is the Hedera sign after the Latin name for ivy , with whose leaf shape it had a certain resemblance. However, over time, the Aldus leaf was stylized more and more into a heart shape. From a typographical point of view, it belongs to the fleurons , the flower-like decorative ornaments.


The Aldus leaf can already be found in early Greek inscriptions. In the early Renaissance it was used as an alinea sign , as an introductory sign for a paragraph. Owing to its frequent use by Aldus Manutius, it became even more widespread in the 16th century as a final piece for a text passage or to decorate title pages. On old prints, it also marked the printer's workshop from which they came.

In general, this symbol is rarely used these days. Hans Peter Willberg uses it in his work “Writings Recognize” (1981) to mark the beginning of additional comments. The Aldusblatt is the logo of the Hermann Schmidt publishing house .


In Unicode, the Aldus leaf is coded in three variants. One can be found in the Unicode block Various symbols , two in the Unicode block Dingbats :

International character encoding standard  Unicode
encoding in HTML and UTF-8
graphic character Unicode
pifont package
Aldus leaf unicode2619.svg U+2619 REVERSED ROTATED FLORAL HEART BULLET ☙ ☙ E2 98 99 \reflectbox{\ding{167}}
Aldus leaf unicode2766.svg U+2766 FLORAL HEART ❦ ❦ E2 9D A6 \ding{166}
Aldus leaf unicode2767.svg U+2767 ROTATED FLORAL HEART BULLET ❧ ❧ E2 9D A7 \ding{167}

The last two characters are available in the ZapfDingbats BT font and implemented in most of the Unicode-compatible fonts . The Thesis font family also offers other forms of the Aldus leaf. In the LaTeX typesetting program , the Aldus sheet with the pifont package, which provides most of the special characters in the Zapf Dingbats font by Hermann Zapf , can also be used without Unicode.

Web links

Commons : Aldusblatt  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence