From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book

 

Cicero. France, 1522
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This French edition printed in 1522 mimics the appearance of medieval manuscripts. Words are heavily abbreviated and there is little differentiation among the sections of the work– initials, marginal headers, and capitalized words, rather than paragraph breaks, perform this function. A reader has underlined passages in the text and has added marginal comments in order to introduce additional divisions into the solid mass of print.

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Pseudo-Cicero. Opera Ciceronis. Paris: Ioannes Parvus and Iodocus Badius, 1522.
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