"[Illuminated Leaf]", Hardouin, Gilles
Subject: Early Printing
Period: 1526 (published)
Publication: Horae B.B.M. Secundumusum Romanvorn
4.5 x 7 inches
11.4 x 17.8 cm
The word incunabula derives from the Latin cuna (cradle), and is used to denote books printed during the infancy of printing in the latter half of the 15th century. The earliest printers were trained in the manuscript tradition and incorporated the conventions of historiated initials and illustrations into their early work. At first they left those spaces blank for the illuminator to complete entirely by hand. Later they developed printing methods (using woodcuts or iron engravings) to decorate the leaves.
Lovely vellum leaf printed both sides with Gothic textura type and illuminated capitals in red, blue and gold. Scenes and creatures including one of demons surround the text. Every line of one side begins with an illuminated capital and there are several other illuminations on the verso.