2 February to 30 April 2005, Central City Library - Level 2
most of the medieval period, from the 6th till the mid 15th
century, books were copied out and decorated by hand. These are
the books we call medieval manuscripts. The invention of printing
in about 1455 changed the way books were made, but initially at
least it did not radically change their appearance. The metal
typefaces were based on handwritten models, and the new printed
books were often decorated by hand in the same way as manuscripts.
Only slowly did the printed book evolve the conventions and
techniques which we recognise as normal in books of today, while
manuscripts continued to be made well into the 16th century.
This exhibition explores the evolution from manuscript to print,
and the transitional phase where manuscripts and printed books
continued to look very similar. The early printed books from this
phase are known as incunabula from the Latin word which means
Kate de Courcy