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Page from book printed in 1572 by Christophe Plantin, Antwerp Belgium. Fantastic calligraphy and colours: Judas kissing Jesus, sword cutting off ear, Pontius Pilate,etc..
One two-sided page, numbered 303 & 304 from:
This particular page is from the end of the section titled:
And the next page titled:
'ad Completorium' (compline)
Both pages have: 'Hymnus' = 'Hymn'
Complete book can be seen in Google Books: http://tinyurl.com/zyhl3va
Page is yellowed/browned, with some staining on lower half (bit darker than pictures)
18.75 x 12.75 cm
Christophe Plantin (c. 1520 – 1 July 1589) was an influential Renaissance humanist and book printer and publisher.
Plantin was born in France, probably in Saint-Avertin, near the city of Tours, Touraine. As a youth he apprenticed as a bookbinder in Caen and also married there. In 1545, he and his wife, Joanna Riviere, set-up shop in Paris, but after three years they chose to relocate to the booming commercial center of Antwerp, where Plantin became a free citizen and a member of the Guild of St Luke, the guild responsible for painters, sculptors, engravers and printers. The quality of his work as a bookbinder brought him into contact with nobility and wealth. While delivering a prestigious commission he was mistakenly attacked, receiving an arm wound that prevented him from labouring as a bookbinder and led him to concentrate on typography and printing. By 1555, he has his own printshop and is an accomplished printer
Plantin was a prolific printer and prosperous entrepreneur, publishing more than 40 editions of emblem books. His editions of the Bible in Hebrew, Latin and Dutch, his Corpus juris, Latin and Greek classics, and many other works are renowned for their beautiful execution and accuracy. A skillful businessman, by 1575 his printing firm reckoned more than 20 presses and 73 workmen, plus various specialists who did job-work out of their homes.