Thanks to the art of printing, books could be produced in much larger quantities. Yet not everyone was immediately convinced of the new medium. Manuscripts continued to exist next to printed books, like this fifteenthcentury manuscript, which comments on the Song of Songs (Canticum Canticorum). The beginning of this chapter features a blue initial with red penwork. The red and blue decorations structure the text. This makes it easier to read.
Bedudinghe op Cantica Canticorum. S.l., s.n., ca. 1460. Göttingen, Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek: 8° Cod. Ms. theol. 160.
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