Tech writing and the original font fondler

Subject: Tech writing and the original font fondler
From: Dick Margulis <margulis -at- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2003 21:18:37 -0400


I ran across this site (, which has high-resolution scans, German transcriptions and English translations of not only a complete Gutenberg Bible but also:

• A notarized document proving that Gutenberg was the inventor of printing with moveable type (so far as was known in Europe at that time)
• A technical manual, written (in manuscript) four years before the printing of the Bible, called the Model Book, which explains in excruciating detail, with many illustrations, exactly how to render the various figures used to illuminate the Bible. These instructions include how to mix various colors, which colors to use together, the steps to create each figure, etc.

The site is also very well put together, with clear (illustrated) instructions for navigation of the various sections, fair warning about bandwidth requirements, and complete content in two languages.



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