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Title:
Collection of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century printed leaves.
Alternate Title(s):
Leaf collection
Published/Created:
ca. 1450-1598
Physical Description:
approximately 2400 leaves : illustrations
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Leaf Collection
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Information
Classification:
Books
Notes:
Collection of approximately 2400 leaves tracing the art of printing and book illustration in Europe from ca. 1450 to 1598, compiled by Fred Werther, of Baltimore. Approximately 550 different editions are represented; many editions are represented by multiple leaves. Most leaves are mounted on stiff paper mats of uniform size. A brief identifying description and reference number is provided on each mat. The reference numbers correspond to entries in a hand-written catalog, in four volumes, presumably compiled by Werther. The catalog also includes excerpts of printed descriptions.
The first 50 years of printing, ca. 1450-1500, are covered by approximately 1000 leaves from 250 editions, representing the output of 130 printers active in 60 localities and 11 countries. It includes most major printers and illustrators of the period, including Gutenberg's 42-line Bible and works from the press of Aldus Manutius.
The 16th-century material includes approximately 1400 leaves from over 300 editions, representing the output of about 155 printers active in 50 localities in 10 countries. Most important illustrators of the period are represented, from Dürer to Boissard.
Selected exhibitions: "The Reformation of the Bible/The Bible of the Reformation" (Yale Center for British Art, February 3-April 7, 1996).
Subject Terms:
Bible -- Selections.
Early printed books -- Europe.
Illustrated books -- Europe.
Illustration of books -- Europe.
Incunabula -- Europe.
Incunabula in Yale Library -- Single leaves.
Printing -- History -- Europe.
Form/Genre:
Incunabula.
Woodcuts -- 1450-1600.
Woodcuts -- Hand-colored -- 1450-1600.
Block books.
Fragments.
Contributors:
Werther, Fred, compiler.
Bämler, Johann, approximately 1430-1503.
Boissard, Jean Jacques, 1528-1602.
Chardella, Simon Nicolai, fl. 1471-1478.
Dinckmut, Konrad, active 1476-1496.
Dürer, Albrecht, 1471-1528.
Furter, Michael, -1517.
Fust, Johannes, 1400-1466.
Gutenberg, Johann, 1397?-1468.
Han, Ulrich, -1480.
Höltzel, Hieronymus, active 1500-1525
Koberger, Anton, approximately 1440-1513.
Leeu, Claes, active 1487-1488
Pannartz, Arnold, -approximately 1478.
Peypus, Friedrich, 1485-1534.
Plantin, Christophe, approximately 1520-1589.
Prüss, Johann, 1446 or 1447-1510.
Schöffer, Peter, approximately 1425-approximately 1502.
Schönsperger, Johann, -1520?
Sorg, Anton, active 15th century.
Sweynheim, Konrad, -1477.
Wendelin, of Speier, -1477?
Zainer, Günther, -1478
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