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First Impressions

The Collection

Here you can explore further the amazing collections of early printed books at the John Rylands University Library.

In a series of twelve essays Dr Lotte Hellinga traces the development of early printing from Mainz to Westminster, via Bamberg, Rome, Naples, Venice, Cologne and Flanders. She discusses many key items from the Rylands collections, and places them in their wider historical context.

We also reveal how these books from across Europe came to Manchester. A glossary explains the many technical terms associated with the early printed books. There are also suggestions for further reading and selected web links, which will take you deeper into the fascinating world of early printing.

From Mainz to Westminster and beyond: essays by Lotte Hellinga

From Mainz to Westminster and beyond: essays by Lotte Hellinga

Renowned expert on early printing, Dr Lotte Hellinga charts the 'explosion of print'...

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How did these books come to Manchester?

How did these books come to Manchester?

The John Rylands Library is home to over 4,000 incunables (books printed with movable metal type before 1501)...

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Glossary

Glossary

Can't tell a forme from a frisket? Don't know the difference between a punch and a matrix? Our glossary will...

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Bibliography

Bibliography

Want to read further? Here's our choice of books on early printing and the history of the book. Many of these...

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Weblinks

Weblinks

Here is our pick of the best websites relating to early printing and books...

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