The copy on vellum - Decoration
The Bibles were not ready for use when
they came off the press; rubrication, large capital letters, and
decoration were still to be added.
The Bibles were not ready for use when they came off the press; rubrication, large capital letters, and decoration were still to be added.
In the early stages of the printing, Gutenberg
printed the red headlines before each chapter of the Bible. This
procedure involved passing each sheet under the press twice and
it was soon abandoned, probably because it was too time-consuming.
Henceforth the rubrics were intended to be supplied by hand, by
rubricators. This task was not undertaken in Gutenberg's workshop,
for the rubication differs from one copy to the other. Gutenberg
provided assistance for the rubricators by producing four leaves
of instructions. Two copies of the instruction sheets survive, in
Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and in Vienna, Österreichische
The style and the extent depended on how much money the owner wanted to spend. The Grenville copy has no decoration as such.
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