The First Printers and Their Books: A Catalogue of an Exhibition Commemorating the Five Hundredth Anniversary of the Invention of Printing

The First Printers and Their Books: A Catalogue of an Exhibition Commemorating the Five Hundredth Anniversary of the Invention of Printing

The First Printers and Their Books: A Catalogue of an Exhibition Commemorating the Five Hundredth Anniversary of the Invention of Printing

The First Printers and Their Books: A Catalogue of an Exhibition Commemorating the Five Hundredth Anniversary of the Invention of Printing

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This catalogue is designed as a guide to the exhibition held at the Free Library of Philadelphia. It is an attempt to point out facts of popular interest relating to the 15th century books there displayed. It should not be regarded as a bibliographical study, for purely scientific terms and bibliographical details have not been included. At the end is a concordance of references for those interested in further investigation.

The descriptions are not the result of original research, but are rather a culling of information from already published sources. It is hoped, however, that they will provoke further interest and be a stimulus to those who wish to study the early history of printing in greater detail.

The cover design was taken from one of the illustrations in the Nuremberg Chronicle, a description of which will be found under No. 16 in the catalogue.

The Free Library of Philadelphia wishes to express its thanks to Mr. Joseph Widener for lending his copy of the "Gutenberg Bible," the cornerstone of the exhibition. All the other books, with the exception of Nos. 5, 6, 8, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 and 52 which are lent anonymously, come from the collection of Mr. Lessing J. Rosenwald. His kindness in allowing these books to be shown and his great interest in the arrangement and the publication of the catalogue have made the exhibition possible. Others who have helped and whom the Free Library takes this opportunity of thanking are Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach, the chairman of the Exhibition Committee of the Free Library, Dr. George Parker Winship, 1940 Rosenbach Fellow in Bibliography, who kindly consented to open the exhibition with a talk on the books, Miss Edith Standen, Mr. Alan Kirschbaum, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Auerbach, and the compilers of the catalogue, Miss Elizabeth Mongan and Mr. Edwin Wolf 2nd.

FRANKLIN H. PRICE

January 31, 1940 Librarian . . .

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