Auction Date: 2/07/2020 at 10am
Italy - A Fine Leaf From A Fragment Of A Biblia Latin Printed In Venice 1479 Two column black printing with attractive red and blue hand written initial letters, size 9” × 13”. By Nicholas Jenson (Ca. 1420-1480). He served as Master of the French Royal Mint when King Charles VII sent him to Mainz, the city where Gutenberg invented printing by moveable types, in order to study the art of printing until 1461. In 1468 Jenson went to Venice where he opened his own printing shop in 1470 and became the most prolific printer of Venice. He has been held in high esteem ever since William Morris praised the beauty and perfection of his printing. William Morris (1834-1896) was an eminent member of the British Arts and Crafts Movement.