Featured New addition to my collection: a post incunable (1514)

Discussion in 'Books' started by Ex Libris, Jun 20, 2020.

  1. Ex Libris

    Ex Libris Well-Known Member

    Yesterday I bought two books. This is the first one:

    Sermones Fratris Gabrielis Bartelete (Sermons by friar Gabriel Barletta). Printed in Hagenau, then Germany, now France in 1514. The book has a great blind tooled pigskin cover with the original clasps still intact.

    This book is a so called post incunable. Books that are printed between 1455-1501 are called incunables, books printed from 1501-1540. The dates are arbitrary though.

    Next to collecting books, 3D animations are also a hobby to me, so I 3D scanned the binding and animated it in a free and open source program called Blender3D.



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    Beautiful woodcut frontispiece.

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    In the colofon you can read Anno Salutis MDXIIII (1514). See the last line of this text.
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  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Wow, EL, congrats on a stunning find.
    Floating sermons!:woot: (Great during lockdown)
    I like the way you always evoke an atmosphere in your videos.:) You really tell a story, even in those 20 seconds.
     
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  3. Phaik Hooi

    Phaik Hooi Well-Known Member

    amazing and tq for the animation :happy:
    can you please tell me how the paper and ink survived >500years so well? TIA.
     
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  4. Ex Libris

    Ex Libris Well-Known Member


    Thank you for your compliment :). To be honest, an animation like this is quite easy to make when you know the software. It took me about 30 minutes to scan the model and another 30 minutes to animate it.

    A few years ago I researched ways to present archaeology finds in 3D as a volunteer. Unfortunately I was the only one who was interested in this matter, so I quit my volunteer job. Now I only do animation like this, just to maintain my 3D skills. Who knows if somewhere in the future I can put it into a good use together with others.
     
  5. Ex Libris

    Ex Libris Well-Known Member


    Paper before the industrial revolution was made by hand out of rags instead of wood pulp in modern paper. That made the paper much more durable. There are 2 periods in time with very bad paper: in the 1800's when the first industrial paper was made and just after World War 2, when there was a shortage of the raw materials.

    Ink of early prints had a good quality as well:

    'A typical recipe for early printing inks calls for three parts of lampblack, ground together with around 15 parts by weight of boiled linseed or walnut oil. '

    Source: https://reinol.it/the-writing-and-printing-inks-through-the-ages/
     
  6. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    :banghead::rolleyes:
    In spite of all this talk about bringing museums closer to the public....
    Maybe an idea for some pieces from my antique jewellery collection, after covid? If there will ever be an after covid, that is.
    After all, we live pretty close to each other.
     
  7. Phaik Hooi

    Phaik Hooi Well-Known Member

    am sure this skill will be sought after post covid-19. very strange that the archaeology fellows weren't interested ....
    tq for the explanation and link :happy:
     
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  8. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Cool. Because I'm too lazy to look it up, what is 'blind' tooling on the leather?

    Also, do the dot & line above the word that looks like 'Sermoes' to me, have meaning? Does the tilde-like mark add in the missing N?

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  9. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    Very cool! Thanks for showing us! :cat:
     
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  10. Ex Libris

    Ex Libris Well-Known Member

    Sure, although metal and black objects are very hard to scan with my scanner.
     
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  11. Ex Libris

    Ex Libris Well-Known Member

    Yes, I fully agree, but I will not returning back into archaeology in my town again.(although some organisations were trying to contact me). I prefer other hobby's like collecting old paper right now :).
     
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  12. Ex Libris

    Ex Libris Well-Known Member

    I am lazy as well hahaha:

    https://cool.culturalheritage.org/don/dt/dt0366.html


    Yes, this still remains from times that manuscripts were written by hand and they are called scribal abbreviations or sigla. This makes it for us moderners much harder to read old texts.
     
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    Fid Well-Known Member

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  14. Darkwing Manor

    Darkwing Manor Well-Known Member

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  15. Ex Libris

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    Thanks! If i look at their site they use Agisoft Photoscan. With this software you can make 3d models out of a series of photograph's. In my first try of making a medieval virtual tour through my town I used Photoscan to scan a scale model of the former castle.


     
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  16. Ex Libris

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  17. Darkwing Manor

    Darkwing Manor Well-Known Member

    Wonderful to have such old things nearby. Our oldest structures here in southern Oregon are c. 1850s.
     
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  18. Ex Libris

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    This castle was demolished already around 1650 unfortunately...
     
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  19. Ghopper1924

    Ghopper1924 Well-Known Member

    So cool. I'm crazy jealous of your new purchase. I'm also interested in everything you're saying about the history of printing. Love the quick animation as well. Thanks for everything!
     
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  20. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    In another life I once wrote a CAD animation program from scratch ...
     
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