"Who Created the New and Copied the Old:" Printed Books of the Fifteenth Century

Monday, October 7, 2019
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (ET)
LUT LUT 105 Rebecca and Rick White Gallery
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“Who Created the New and Copied the Old”: Printed Books of the Fifteenth Century

Curated by Alex Stern ‘20

Featuring The David Wertheimer, Class of 1977, Collection of Early Printed Books

October 7, 2019 through February 16, 2020

Rebecca and Rick White Gallery, Lutnick Library, Haverford College

 In the fifteenth century, printing was deeply interwoven with the tradition of the manuscript, even as the production of printed text surpassed that of the traditional manuscript. Commentary on the new technology of the printing press provides a moment that is instantly familiar; concerns about the change from the practices of the existing world in which scribes copied manuscripts to the new technologies of efficiency and mass production are not far removed from the anxieties expressed about contemporary technological developments and their impact on the moral and intellectual culture of the 21st century. “Who Created the New and Copied the Old”: Printed Books of the Fifteenth Century examines the many roles of printed books in the first fifty years following the advent of print, moving throughout medieval Europe through the lens of religion and scholarship to explore the relationship between printed text and its owner.

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