[Little office of the Blessed Virgin Mary].

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Title

[Little office of the Blessed Virgin Mary].

Publisher

Venice: Nicolas Jenson,

Date

1475.

Description

A rare example of a miniature incunable, from the press of printer and typographer Nicolas Jenson (1420–1480). This is one of just two recorded copies, and the only one printed on vellum. The elaborately painted pages and other text decorations recall contemporary illuminated manuscripts, making this volume a splendidly successful blend of new printing technology and medieval scribal decorative practice.

Source

Bequest of Mrs. William Loring Andrews, 1931.