From Manuscript to Print: the Evolution of the Medieval Book


Woodcut Illustrations
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The origins of printing are obscure, and it has sometimes been supposed that the late 14th-century development of woodcuts, which could supply illustrations more quickly and cost-effectively, provided the inspiration for reproducing words mechanically as well. This Book of Hours shows the fusion of mechanical means of reproduction for both image and text. The colored and highlighted initials, however, were supplied by professionals known as rubricators, who had performed this service throughout the Middle Ages.

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Book of Hours. Paris, 1503.
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