Ratdolt’s Index characterum, the earliest known type specimen

Erhard Ratdolt was one of the most successful and acclaimed printers of the 15th century. He was also a pioneer of new techniques and in 1486 he printed the earliest known type specimen. In this essay Riccardo Olocco analyses the only surviving copy of this single sheet with a discussion on the circumstances of its production and descriptions and identifications of the roman and rotunda types according to existing bibliographical references. The pamphlet is accompanied by a facsimile of the original type specimen. Edited by Alice Savoie and Jérôme Knebusch in the Poem Pamphlet series.

English texts
24 pages, 12×20 cm
1 poster, 23,5×37 cm, folded
Offset print on uncoated paper
Glossy UV varnish
Saddle stitch binding

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