From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book

 

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This 15th century binding shows the care and craftsmanship that went into the production of manuscript books. This manual would have had to withstand frequent handling for liturgical services. The metal bosses on its elaborately tooled leather cover were designed to absorb most of the wear.

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Benedictional. Germany, mid-15th century.
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the Sacred Word
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Private Prayer
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Leather and Chains
Medieval Music
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How the Classics Survived
Manuscripts in the Age of Print
Evolution of the Book
Appetite for Destruction
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