From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book

Charter of Nobility
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Even as late as the 17th century, certain texts recommended themselves to the craftsmanship of scribes rather than the machines of the printers. This Spanish charter of nobility, lavishly crafted in 1636, was too dignified a text to entrust to mechanical means of production. Furthermore, it was bestowed too seldom to justify mass production. Thus, even more than a hundred years after the close of the Middle Ages, the skill of scribes and illuminators came together to produce this marvelous book at the command of the Spanish king. His seal of office, impressed upon the leaden pendant, validates the charter.

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Charter of Nobility. Spain, 1636.
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