Did you know that Italic letters were introduced in the fifteenth-century? Venetian printer Aldus Manutius and his type designer, Francesco Griffo are credited with creating the first italic typeface. Italic is simply a more casual style of handwriting.
This typeface was used in the cheaper writing shops. Using this style produced faster results because it did not need the carefully formed lettering like its rival lettera antica. The huge pro for Italic type during this time was its cost. It was inexpensive to print, saved time and space. The con was its connotation of a cheaper quality.