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The printed book gradually assumed a form of its own. For example, this edition of the comedies of Terence published by the printer Johann Grünninger of Strasbourg has a proper title page with a woodcut depicting a theatre. This was the fourth illustrated edition of Terence’s six comedies. While the title page has a large woodcut, the rest of the book is also lavishly illustrated. Each individual section begins with a page-sized woodcut as a sort of intermediate title page, showing the main characters standing in a landscape. The book also contains many smaller woodcuts.


Publius Terentius Afer, Comoediae. Straatsburg, Johann Grüninger, 1-11-1496. Den Haag, Meermanno: 003 C 006.

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