Early Printed Books
Types of early printed book
Books were 'printed' in Europe before Johann Gutenberg produced his Bible in c.1455...more on Types of early printed book
Features of early printed books
Early printers sought to imitate the form of manuscript books by printing on vellum or parchment...more on Technology of the Book
Printers' devices or trademarks
Almost from the outset printers began marking their books with distinctive trademarks...more on Printers' devices or trademarks
Early type design
Today we have access to hundreds of different typefaces in many styles and sizes - all at the click of a mouse...more on Early type design
Text and images
Woodcuts were used to illustrate the earliest printed books. They were usually quite small and the images were often...more on Text and images
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...more on Who were the readers of early printed books?