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Biblia Latina. Venice: Hieronymus de Paganinis, 7 September 1497.
Call Number: (RARE) BS 75 1497x
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This "pocket" edition of the Bible was never completely finished. This book demonstrates the continuation of manuscript traditions after the innovation of the printing press: The empty spaces left for initial capital letters were intended to be hand illuminated. A few Venetian Bibles of this period were small in size, demonstrating how price decreases facilitated by mass-production allowed the gradual evolution of the Bible from ornate relic to individually owned book for home study.

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