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Title
Ars memorandi per figuras Evangelistarum.
Summary
A block book printed in Germany in the early 1470s, was thought at one time to predate Gutenberg and the art of printing with movable type. This view was held until Allan Stevenson began his research into the paper stocks found in block books and his investigation reveled that only one example contained paper made before 1465. This block book was printed in sepia ink on one side of the leaf only, with the text and image facing alternating verso and recto leaves. In this copy the blank sides of the leaves have been pasted together to produce a continuous text. This book was designed as a memory guide for the reader, probably a cleric of limited education, as a guide of lessons of the Gospels by means of the use symbols. This copy was formerly in the libraries of Dr. Samuel Butler, Bishop of Lichfield and Robert and Sir George Holford.
Contributor Names
Butler, Samuel, 1774-1839, former owner.
Holford, Robert Stayner, 1808-1892, former owner.
Holford, George Lindsay, 1860-1926, former owner.
Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
[Germany, ca. 1470]
Subject Headings
-  Bible.--Gospels--Study and teaching
-  Block books--Specimens
-  [Germany.]
Genre
Incunabula--Germany--1470
Notes
-  Block book.
-  Printed in brown ink on one side of leaves only, on versos and rectos alternately, so that pairs of printed and blank pages alternately face each other. Of each printed pair, one is text, the other illus.
-  Designed to aid in remembering the Gospels by means of symbols.
-  Schreiber, W.L. Handbuch der Holz- und Metallschnitte des XV. Jahrhunderts (3. Aufl.), IV, p. 134-145
-  Library of Congress. Lessing J. Rosenwald collection, 21
-  LC copy: illus. and initials hand-colored. From leaf [2] to [29] the blank sides are pasted together. Provenance: Bishop Butler, Holford.
-  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
Medium
[30] leaves. illus. 27 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
Incun. X .A88
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/rosenwald.0021.1
Library of Congress Control Number
49039040
Online Format
pdf
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LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/49039040
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Chicago citation style:

Butler, Samuel, Former Owner, Robert Stayner Holford, George Lindsay Holford, and Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection. Ars memorandi per figuras Evangelistarum. [Germany, 1470] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/49039040/.

APA citation style:

Butler, S., Holford, R. S., Holford, G. L. & Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection. (1470) Ars memorandi per figuras Evangelistarum. [Germany] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/49039040/.

MLA citation style:

Butler, Samuel, Former Owner, et al. Ars memorandi per figuras Evangelistarum. [Germany, 1470] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/49039040/>.

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