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Looking at printers’ devices

In our last step we looked at the role of title pages. Both title pages and printers’ devices had a lot in common since both were a mark of identity …

Advertising books

Let’s take a look at two different advertisements used to sell books. Take some time to read the two advertisements below, and in the comment section below, share your thoughts …

Next week: How books were sold

We hope you have enjoyed the first week of our course, and thanks for all of your comments and insight. Next week, we will be exploring how books were sold …

Finishing the book

This week we have concentrated on how books were made and we have now reached the final part of making a book, ‘finishing’, which is the process of decorating a …

Sewing the book

After a book was printed, it was sent off to be sewn and bound. Sewing books was a very important part of the process to make sure no pages were …

Binding the book

Our last step looked at how books are sewn. In this step we focus on the next stage: binding the text block. Fig 1. A picture of a binder’s shop …

Looking at frontispieces

The frontispiece is the name given to the illustration at the very front of a book. Like title pages, which we will be exploring later on in the course, they …

Illustrating Aesop

Aesop’s Fables are among the most enduringly popular stories. These Fables are a collection of short moral stories, many of them involving animals, attributed to a man named Aesop (sometimes …

Looking at illustrations

Look carefully at the various online links provided to the many German and Latin editions of the Ship of Fools below. You will see that the same woodcuts were re-used …

Looking at type design

In the last step we looked at the people and materials involved in printing books in the 15th century. The invention of movable type (i.e. a metal casting of each …

Looking at people and materials

Paper was one of the most expensive materials used in book production and during this period it was usually made from rags and hemp fiber. This sixteenth-century image of a …