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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Gutenberg Bible

The Story of Books

Gertrude Burford Rawlings

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2017-05-07

'The next production of the Mentz press, as is generally believed, is the beautiful volume known as the Gutenberg Bible, or the Mazarin Bible...It illustrates a most remarkable fact—that is, the extraordinary degree of perfection to which the art of printing attained all but simultaneously with its birth. Even though we cannot tell how long Gutenberg experimented before producing this book, it is none the less amazing that as a specimen of typographic art the Mazarin Bible has never been excelled even by the cleverest printers and the most modern and elaborate apparatus.' - The Story of Books

Sometimes that's the way of it. Note the illustrations and red text were added by hand. Seems like such a tedious process except when compared to hand-copying.