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A splendid example of medieval printing, being a leaf from a fragment of a
printed at Venice, Italy by the outstanding French printer Nicolas Jenson(ca.1420-1480) in 1479.
Nicolas Jenson served as Master of the French Royal Mint when King Charles VII sent him to Mainz--the city where Gutenberg invented printing by moveable types--in order to study the art of printing until 1461. In 1468 Jenson went to Venice where he opened his own printing shop in 1470 and became the most prolific printer of Venice. Nicolas Jenson has been held in high esteem ever since William Morris praised the beauty and perfection of his printing. William Morris(1834-1896) was an eminent member of the British Arts and Crafts Movement.
The literal translation of the Latin word "incunabulum" is 'infant's cradle' and alludes to the fact that printing at that time was in its infancy. The fact that a book was printed before 1500 is significant in that its value is much greater than if it had been printed after 1501. There is also a direct relationship of the printing time before 1500 and the price of the incunabulum. Books printed before 1480 are normally priced higher than books printed between 1490 and 1500. Of all the incunabula which I handled, I have had maybe 3 leaves printed before 1470 and never had one before 1460
Condition of the Leaf: As shown, in used condition. It is on hand-made paper. Many leaves have indistinct watermarks(at least three different styles). There is evidence of ageing: light soiling, edge and margin flaws, staining and spotting, etc. The brownish spots stem from candle wax drops. I will mention flaws that cannot be seen on the photographs.
Size of the leaf: ca. 13"x 9"(335 mm x 230 mm).
Pictured: Both sides of the leaf for sale and the colophon page giving the date of printing as 1479.
The colophon leaf with the printing date is not part of the lot.
Please note: I never restore or treat my items with chemicals to enhance their appearance. Therefore, you can be confident that this item will not deteriorate beyond the natural aging process. Similar Items: For similar items, please see all of my listings. Please “click” on the blue link “View seller’s other items” at the top of the listing, under our seller name “tuscanybooks.”
About Tuscany Books: I have been in this business for over thirty five years. I deal in rare books, prints and maps. All my items are original prints or manuscripts; I carry no reproductions.
My Guarantee: I guarantee my items 100% in authenticity and customer satisfaction.
My return policy: I offer a full money-back guarantee of the purchase price if I am notified within 14 days after the buyer receives the merchandise. I will gladly accept my merchandise back if (1) it is in the same condition as at the time sold and (2) it is mailed back to me with full insurance.