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From manuscript to printed work: a Utrecht convolute spotlighted

From the Carthusian cloister Nieuwlicht approximately 150 manuscripts and 70 volumes with printed works are now housed in the collection of Utrecht University Library. Mostly plain works, but also they can be of interest. One of them is Ms. 297, a convolute of which the first part was used as original manuscript for the world’s first printed edition of that particular text by the Utrecht printers Ketelaer and De Leempt in 1473. It gives a unique insight in the methods of the first printers in the Northern Netherlands who really mattered.

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From manuscript to printed work: a Utrecht incunable spotlighted

After Johannes Gutenberg had perfected printing texts with individual type cast letters in Mainz around 1450, this way of reproducing texts soon spread to other European cities. In the Northern Netherlands Utrecht was the city that was at the cradle of the publication of so-called incunables. Here the Utrecht book printers and publishers Nicolaes Ketelaer and Gerard de Leempt published the first dated incunable in 1473: the Historia scholastica by Petrus Comestor (ca. 1100-1179). Also the work presented here De divinis moribus [&] De beatitudine rolled from their press around this time. Both publications show the extraordinary history of Utrecht printers, to which the University Library has now devoted a digital exhibition of Utrecht incunables and a geographical interface.