Ithica: Cornell University Press, (1987). First edition. Hardcover. (x), 178 pp., 21 illustrations in the text, 40 facsimile pages; quarto, original brown cloth, jacket. Fine in fine jacket. Item #22235
Facsimile of a circa 1460 woodcut Biblia Pauperum together with a detailed analysis of this complicated medieval book. As explained on the front jacket flap, "The 'Biblia Pauperum" [is] neither a bible nor a book for the poor as its title suggest, [it] is a medieval picture book that pairs Old and New Testament scenes as a way of showing that events in the past were divinely intended to foreshadow the future. It endures as a stunning example of the block book, printed in its entirety - text and pictures - from woodblocks."