History of Printing and the Book

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Sumerian Clay Tablet

Sumerian clay tablet inscribed with cuneiform characters. Sumer, reign of King Shulgi, 2095-2048 B.C.

Book of the Dead

Papyrus fragment from the Book of the Dead; spell number 18 written for Nes-pauti-taui. Thebes, Upper Egypt: c. 1000 B.C.

Bible Box

Bible Box. France, 15th Century.

Leaf of the Gutenberg Bible 1450-1455

Johann Gutenberg. A Noble Fragment Being a Leaf of the Gutenberg Bible 1450-1455; with a Bibliographical Essay by A. Edward Newton. New York: Gabriel Wells, 1921.


Rainerus de Pisis. Pantheologia. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1477.

Nuremberg Chronicle

Hartmann Schedel. Liber Chronicarum (Nuremberg Chronicle). Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1493.

Catholic prayer book

Catholic Church
Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae, Secundum Missale et Breviarium Romanum
Venice: Ex Typographia Balleoniana, 1759.

Ivory Hornbook

Ivory Hornbook. English, c. 1795.

Batak bark book of divination from Sumatra

Pustaha (Batak bark book of divination from Sumatra; wooden covers with lizard carved in relief on front cover), 19th century.


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