First edition, one of 231 copies of total edition of 239; this copy is not numbered and has the following in pencil "Printer's copy 'A'." Berger B38 Aside from Gutenberg and his immediate associates, there are no figures more important in the early history of printing than Sweynheym and Pannartz, the earliest printers outside Germany. First at Subiaco and later in Rome, they produced an imposing catalogue of first editions of ancient authors, which for the first time systematically exploited the potential of the new technology as a means for disseminating humanistic texts to a large audience. This volume is the first book to create from the available information a broadly based and detailed picture of the activities of these two printers. The work examines in a full and careful way their lives and achievements within the context of their newly developed craft as well as the humanistic environment they encountered in Rome in the 1460s and 1470s. In the process of his account, Professor Hall challenges a number of widely held assumptions about the origins of printing in Italy. The book is printed on luxurious mouldmade Frankfurt paper by Henry Morris at the Bird & Bull Press. The actual leaf and large clamshell box are not present. Spine label rubbed and difficult to read. 128, 2 pages. cloth, clamshell box.. folio.
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