Fifteenth-Century Authors' Books

The exhibition concludes with five remarkable books owned by noted fifteenth-century authors. Each of the books offers a view into its owner’s private library, providing rare evidence of how the author bought, read, and annotated his books, and marked them as his property. The individuals represented by these books were intimately acquainted with early printers and booksellers. As living authors, they were central figures in the fifteenth-century discovery of the incalculable potential of Gutenberg’s invention.

           
  Eusebius. Venice, 1470 Lucan, Pharsalia. Venice, 1477 Suidas (Lexicon). Milan, 1499 Justinian I. Constitutiones, 1477