Als die Lettern laufen lernten. Medienwandel im 15. Jahrhundert. Inkunabeln aus der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek München

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Translated title When Letters Learned to Walk. The Change of Media in the 15th C. Incunabula from the Bavarian State Library, Munich

Bettina Wagner.


Wiesbaden, Germany, 2009. 240 pp., illustrations: 112 col., 28.8 × 22.6 cm. German and English.




Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (18 August–31 October 2009)


The transition from manuscripts to printed books that began in the 15th C with the invention of movable type. This transition was shown to be of a gradual rather than sudden nature, with many traditional aspects of book production continuing alongside the modern innovations of the printing press. Two Hebrew books are featured on pp. 124–127: a 15th-century edition of Petrus Nigri’s Star of Meschiah (Esslingen, 1477; cat. no. 43) with woodcut Hebrew initial letters, enhanced with color; and the third complete printed edition of the Hebrew Old Testament (Brescia, 1494; cat. no. 44), in which the first word of each book of the Torah has been left out so that the owner could supply it by hand and decorate it. In this copy, only the initial word “Bereshit” has been supplemented by hand. Detailed entries for each exhibit. 85 items.

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