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TEXT FROM THE COMMON OF SEVERAL MARTYRS
Germany, ca. middle of the, 1425. Done in a Hand Resembling Gutenberg's Type. 391 x 260 mm (15 3/8 x 10 1/4"). Double column, 32 lines of text in a very good gothic script. Rubrics in red, 13 large initials in red or (faded) blue. Recovered from a binding, so one side rather browned, a dozen small holes, half of them affecting a letter or two, one-inch slit along a marginal fold, but still a desirable specimen with legible text and no fatal condition problems. Among other things, this leaf is of interest because its scribal hand closely resembles the typeface used in the Gutenberg Bible of ca. 1455. It was, of course, the natural thing for early printers to manufacture types that resembled the letters in manuscripts of the period, and a leaf like this one--as it comes from the time and place where Gutenberg was at work--could have served as a design example.
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
Last Found On: 2013-12-03           Check availability:      Biblio    

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