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Frontispiece of P.Marchand, "Histoire de l' origine et des premiers progrès de l' imprimerie", The Hague, 1740

Schley, J.V. (graveur/engraver)
Le Vier, Wed. (drukker/printer)
Paupie, Pierre (drukker/printer)
year: 1740

type: titelblad
title page
detail: nee
dimensions: 19 x 15 cm.
related terms: boekdrukkunst titelprenten
period: 18e eeuw
D: Geschiedenis van de boekdrukkunst

contents: This engraving represents an allegorical ode to the art of printing. The `Art of Printing', personified by a female figure, is descending from heaven. To her left and right are Minerva and Mercury, the gods of wisdom and protectors of the arts. According to the caption `the Art of Printing' is entrusted by these two gods to `Germany', Gutenberg's country, who introduces her to `Holland', `England', `Italy', and `France' the first four countries were the art of printing was applied. The personifications of the countries have been represented with the portraits of their most important printers. `Holland' is leaning on a portrait of Laurens Janszoon Coster.

source: Marchand, P. - Histoire de l'origine et des premiers progrès de l'imprimerie. - Den Haag: Wed. Le Vier & Pierre Paupie, 1740, titelprent
available in: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Den Haag 3118 A 7

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©reproduction: Den Haag Koninklijke Bibliotheek


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