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This catalog accompanied the exhibit which illustrated the development and impact of printing, from Johann Gutenberg's mid-fifteenth century invention in Germany of moveable type, through its effects for the Renaissance in classical learning, for the Reformation in religion, for science and geography during the age of exploration, and (more briefly) for illustration, science, and literature. Among the items on display are an illuminated medieval manuscript codex from c. 1420; an early printed book from 1483, with hand-colored initials, and its original wooden binding; a wood-engraving by the German artist Albrecht Durer; a leaf from the 1611 first edition of the King James Bible; and the 1625 English edition of Leo Africanus's account of the African city of Timbuktu.


The exhibit accompanied by this catalog was mounted to illustrate the development and impact of printing.