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Book reviews Book reviews ADRIAN WILSON, assisted by Joyce Lancaster Wilson, The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle (with an introduction by Peter Zahn).* Amsterdam, Nico Israel, 1976, 4°, 256 pp., index, illus., ISBN 90-6072-814-9, Hfl 170,- When a book designer sees an incunabulum like the Nuremberg Chronicle - be it a copy of the Latin edition or the German, but in either case illustrated with some 1800 woodcuts of a wide variety of shapes and sizes, occurring in the widest possible variety of places in the text, to which they always refer - then it is understandable that he should begin to wonder how in the world the compositors of the fifteenth century managed it. Adrian Wilson, himself a book designer of outstanding quality, has asked himself the same question. According to Wilson, incidentally, the question has already been asked by many before him: indeed, he writes of 'generations of bibliographers, librarians, book collectors and printers', and by the term 'bibliographers' he presumably means those scholars who make a special study of the history of books and printing. I am happy to accept that Wilson is right, but in the literature in which a bibliographer and book historian might expect http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quaerendo Brill

Book reviews

Quaerendo, Volume 8 (2): 166 – Jan 1, 1978

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Brill
Copyright
© 1978 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0014-9527
eISSN
1570-0690
D.O.I.
10.1163/157006978X00124
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Book reviews ADRIAN WILSON, assisted by Joyce Lancaster Wilson, The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle (with an introduction by Peter Zahn).* Amsterdam, Nico Israel, 1976, 4°, 256 pp., index, illus., ISBN 90-6072-814-9, Hfl 170,- When a book designer sees an incunabulum like the Nuremberg Chronicle - be it a copy of the Latin edition or the German, but in either case illustrated with some 1800 woodcuts of a wide variety of shapes and sizes, occurring in the widest possible variety of places in the text, to which they always refer - then it is understandable that he should begin to wonder how in the world the compositors of the fifteenth century managed it. Adrian Wilson, himself a book designer of outstanding quality, has asked himself the same question. According to Wilson, incidentally, the question has already been asked by many before him: indeed, he writes of 'generations of bibliographers, librarians, book collectors and printers', and by the term 'bibliographers' he presumably means those scholars who make a special study of the history of books and printing. I am happy to accept that Wilson is right, but in the literature in which a bibliographer and book historian might expect

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Published: Jan 1, 1978

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