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Abraham Firkovich

Abraham Firkovich  

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 (1787–1874) Leaderof the Karaites (who accepted written Jewish law only, not post-biblical ‘oral’ law) in the Crimea and obsessive collector of Hebrew and Samaritan MSS (in which he would ...
Alfred A. Knopf

Alfred A. Knopf  

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 (1892–1984) American publisher.With his wife, Blanche, Alfred Knopf created a firm legendary for excellent design, innovative advertising, and interest in foreign authors. Like the covers of his ...
architectural book

architectural book  

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A conventional history of architecture publishing sees a text-orientated progress from the recovery of Vitruvius in the Italian Renaissance, through its celebration and elaboration in Mannerism and ...
Armenian MS book

Armenian MS book  

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Armenia accepted Christianity as its state religion around 314, but Greek and Syriac were used as the languages of instruction and the liturgy until Mesrop Mashtots’ invented the Armenian alphabet ...
art, Anglo-Saxon

art, Anglo-Saxon  

The art of England from the early MA through the mid 11th century, though in the field of manuscript illumination, it is generally restricted to the late 9th through the ...
arts of the Book

arts of the Book  

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The arts of the book were of extraordinary importance throughout the Islamic lands because of the primacy Islam accorded the written word. The Islamic world inherited earlier traditions of book ...
Chen Si

Chen Si  

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 (13th century) One of a group of Song commercial publishers and booksellers in Hangzhou (China) surnamed Chen.Also known as Chen Daoren, he was an author. Another, Chen Qi (13th ...
Chikchi simch'e yojŏl

Chikchi simch'e yojŏl  

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Popular name for Paegun hwasang ch’orok pulcho Chikchi simch’e yojŏl (Essentials of Buddha’s Teachings Recorded by the Monk Paegun), printed from metal types at the Korean Buddhist temple Hŭngdŏksa ...
date

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A standard element of an imprint in a book, normally found on the title-page or its verso or, for incunabula and some 16th-century books, in the colophon. MSS and incunabula ...
dated and datable manuscripts

dated and datable manuscripts  

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Medieval MSS other than charters are rarely precisely dated. It is, however, possible to date a MS, using various means: by the known dates of individuals associated with it, or ...
Diamond Sūtra

Diamond Sūtra  

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A short Buddhist text from the corpus of the ‘Perfection of Wisdom’ (prajñāpāramitā) literature which compresses the essential teachings into a few short stanzas. Composed around 300 ce, it was ...
Elmer Adler

Elmer Adler  

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 (1884–1962) New York fine press printer, publisher, book collector, and educator.Although not prolific and rarely successful financially, Adler’s Pynson Printers (1922–40) influenced printers, ...
Estellina Conat

Estellina Conat  

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(second half 15th century)Based on the colophon of a 1474 edition printed by her husband—Abraham Conat of Mantua (fl. 1474–7)—she is the first woman known to be involved in ...
explicit

explicit  

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[Lat., ‘unrolled’]The closing statement of a text, or part thereof, in a MS or early printed book, sometimes equated with the colophon.
Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili  

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The Strife of Love in a Dream Italian romance attributed to Francesco Colonna (1433–1527). The work is written in a hybrid language, and is highly allegorical and densely packed with ...
Illuminators

Illuminators  

Of Byz. MSS are rarely documented in colophons or otherwise. The common term for an illuminator was zographos, “painter” (I. Ševčenko, DOP 16 [1962] 245, n.6), but probably around the ...
imprint

imprint  

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An imprint generally identifies those responsible for producing a printed book. From the 19th century, it has taken two forms. The publisher’s imprint (place of publication, name of publisher, and ...
Italian humanist scribes

Italian humanist scribes  

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The scribes of Renaissance humanism exert an influence that continues today in the familiar sight of both roman and italic type. The scripts from which these typefaces developed were the ...
Johann Fust

Johann Fust  

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(d. 1467),German goldsmith. He financed Gutenberg's experiments in printing, but their partnership was dissolved probably in 1455 and Fust carried on with his son‐in‐law Peter Schöffer. Their Latin ...
Johann Gutenberg

Johann Gutenberg  

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(c.1396–1468), inventor of printing. He was a native of Mainz. In 1448 he borrowed money, probably for developing his printing process. He printed the Mazarin Bible (q.v.) and other works.

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