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The development of the moveable-type press in the mid-fifteenth century led to the rise of a new industry, the manufacture and trade of printed books. Before this, written works existed as handwritten manuscripts individually produced by scribes.
The printing press allowed works such as the Malleus maleficarum and Fasciculus temporum contained within Portland State University’s codex to be produced in a significantly more efficient manner. The printers of the two volumes contained in the codex, Peter Drach and Johann Prüss, successfully avoided the pitfalls facing early printers to become successful in their trade, and may have actively cooperated in the production of the codex.
Incunabula, Provenance, Printing, History of the Book
Book and Paper | European History | Medieval History | Medieval Studies
Taylor, Jonathan, "Drach, Prüss, and the Fifteenth-Century Book Trade" (2020). Extra-Textual Elements. 6.