Scope and Contents
The Early Printed and Manuscript Leaf Collection consists of printed and illuminated manuscript leaves dated from the 12th-16th centuries, with a large portion of leaves dated in the 1400s. “Leaves” refers to a single sheet that was once part of a bound book. Manuscript books were entirely hand-produced, representing the earliest form of bookmaking across Europe. With the emergence of the printing press and moveable type in Europe in the 1400s, printers utilized mechanical techniques to produce books more quickly than their manuscript counterparts.
The leaves in the collection were originally part of a variety of texts including several books of hours, Bibles, missals, and the Cologne Chronicle. The leaves come from a variety of countries in Europe, particularly Italy, France, and Germany. Folios 1-36 have been digitized.