houghtonlibAnother moment in the reading room that we couldn't pass by. ⠀
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.⠀
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. ⠀
This was used for printing for the first time by Michael Manger in Augsburg in 1585.⠀
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- frahravanAmazing! Just curious about the title meaning "The Art of Book-keeping". Perhaps the print has to do with a book about accounting, or...?
- pastpaperpresentAmazing detail!
- keyholecollectionWow! I'm heading across the pond with some ink and a roller! Beautiful.
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