From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book

Gutenberg’s Bible
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This leaf, from the famous edition of the Latin Vulgate known as the Gutenberg Bible, displays the first printer’s attempt to reproduce the look of the medieval manuscript. The type is based on the Gothic minuscule of the High Middle Ages and preserves the scribal abbreviations found in manuscript books. An important difference, however, is that the impressions are made on paper rather than parchment. This alternative writing surface had been making headway for some time in Europe, but only with the advent of the printing press did paper become the dominant writing surface.

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Vulgate Bible. Printed by Johan Gutenberg. Germany, 1450–1455.
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