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History of the Book - Hand Press Period, 1450-1800

This guide is designed to provide a broad overview of printing technologies during the hand press period, and assist with the ENG 206 "Material Texts" assignment in particular.

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Illustration

Illustration of Printed Books: Illustrations in the first printed books were made from cut wooden blocks which could be conveniently printed in the forme along with the type. By the end of the 16th century, engraved plates (which had to be printed separately from type) began replacing woodcuts for large illustrations and decorated title pages. While copperplate engraving continued to increase in popularity during the 17th century, woodcuts never quite disappeared, returning to favor as more delicate wood engravings.

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