Incunabula at Vassar



A Selection of Items from the Exhibition

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Bible. Latin. Vulgate. 1454.
Nuremberg: Johann Gutenberg, 1454.

Here is a precious leaf from one of the 150 paper copies of the Gutenberg Bible (about 30 were printed on vellum). We see a portion of the Book of Maccabees that recounts the valor of the Maccabeans and their service to the king. The 42-line page includes hand-illuminated headlines and accents; the beauty of its composition is immediately evident.

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