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Blind Printing (Blinddruck)

Blind printing seen in "De mysterio missae"

In some incunabula, there are portions of pages with no ink applied even though types were set for the pages, and only the traces of the types pressed are visible. A study on incunabula claims that this blind printing is found in at least 200 titles of incunabula. When a large portion of a page was to be left unprinted, the types were probably set for the blank portion as well in order to stabilize the printing paper on the forme.

One example of blind printing is found in the lower part of the title page of Aristotle's Problematica (Leipzig: C. Kachelofen, 1494), which is included in the Incunabula Collection of this exhibition.

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