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Early Printed Books

Types of early printed book

Types of early printed book

Books were 'printed' in Europe before Johann Gutenberg produced his Bible in c.1455...

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Features of early printed books

Features of early printed books

Early printers sought to imitate the form of manuscript books by printing on vellum or parchment...

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Printers' devices or trademarks

Printers' devices or trademarks

Almost from the outset printers began marking their books with distinctive trademarks...

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Early type design

Early type design

Today we have access to hundreds of different typefaces in many styles and sizes - all at the click of a mouse...

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Text and images

Text and images

Woodcuts were used to illustrate the earliest printed books. They were usually quite small and the images were often...

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Who were the readers of early printed books?

Who were the readers of early printed books?

Until the invention of the printing press the audience for books was quite small. It took time for manuscript books to be written...

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