Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Early Printed Books as Material Objects: Proceedings of the Conference Organized by the IFLA Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Munich, 19-21 August 2009

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Early Printed Books as Material Objects: Proceedings of the Conference Organized by the IFLA Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Munich, 19-21 August 2009

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Early Printed Books as Material Objects: Proceedings of the Conference Organised by the IFLA Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Munich, 19-21 August 200p, ed. Bettina Wagner and Marcia Reed, IFLA Publications 149 (Berlin: De Gruyter Saur, 2010). xii + 367. ISBN 978-3-11-025324-5. euro99.95. This collection of eighteen essays focuses on a range of topics relevant for the study of incunabula, ranging from what is appropriately called the 'archaeology of the printed book' (with reference to copy-specific variations as evidence of procedures in the printing shops), analysing the material evidence of specific items, to the development of innovative methods for harvesting and assembling data such as the 'copy census', principles of bibliographical description (e.g. on the basis of an ideal copy), and library history. The material considered includes the 42-Hne Bible (a new census of the vellum fragments), hand illumination (the Fust Master, books combining illumination from different workshops in Germany and Italy), incunabula that document printing and book acquisition in German monasteries (with reference to St. …

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