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Anna de Bruyn MA

PhD candidate


Area(s) of interest: Early Modern History, History of Books Working group(s):

Cohort/Start PhD: 2019-2020

The Image between Manuscript and Print: re-reading the ‘printing revolution’

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Promotor(es): Prof. dr. S. Corbellini
Aanstelling: Vanaf 1 september 2019

My project re-examines fundamental aspects of the complex “media change” from manuscripts to printed books, starting in the fifteenth century. This development is sometimes described as a significant advancement and “revolution.” However, it seems that for the first printers, the printing press proved highly challenging in terms of the technical creation of paratextual elements, especially illustrations. Through the study of illustration practices, my project hopes to contribute to a revision and reframing of the so-called “printing revolution.” This is done through the scrutiny of the only five identified “scribes-turned-printers” of whom both illustrated manuscripts and illustrated incunabula survive.