Another moment in the reading room that we couldn't pass by. ⠀
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All six wood blocks for a large scale print known as Die Kunst dess Buchhaltens [An allegory of commerce] were set up for consultation. This picture actually gets a piece of all of them, if you can find the edges.⠀
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The holes in the foreground where you can see the table below would have contained metal letterpress type to print words separate from those carved into the wood block. ⠀
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This was used for printing for the first time by Michael Manger in Augsburg in 1585.⠀
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