From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book

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These illuminations were removed from choirbooks, as indicated by the text on the back of the fragments. It is uncertain whether they were taken from manuscripts that were mutilated in the process, or whether they were salvaged from manuscripts that had been slated for recycling. Liturgical texts were often scrapped when they were considered outmoded.

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[top] Initial "S" from a Gradual. Germany or Bohemia, fifteenth century. [bottom] Miniature: St. Peter and Assembled Saints. Italy, early sixteenth century.
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Introduction
the Sacred Word
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Private Prayer
Letterforms
Leather and Chains
Medieval Music
Schoolbooks
How the Classics Survived
Manuscripts in the Age of Print
Evolution of the Book
Appetite for Destruction
Manuscript Facsimiles
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