From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book


Printing on Parchment
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One of the drawbacks of printing on parchment arose from the inconsistent quality of the animal-hides used to make it. Hides were not entirely opaque; thus a given page sometimes had translucent patches where the text on the other side showed through, making some of the words difficult to read, as in this printed Book of Hours. The problem did not occur with paper, which offered a consistently opaque surface.

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Book of Hours. Paris, 1538.
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