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Woodcut Initial

Decorative initials surrounded by arabesque patterns were not always rubricated but sometimes printed directly using woodcuts. The beautiful woodcut initials used by Johann Zainer of Ulm and Erhard Ratdolt of Venice are well known. In the 16th century, decorative initials started being printed using copper engraving.

Woodcut initial in "Elementa geometriae" Woodcut initial in "Biblia [German]" Woodcut initial in "Nobiliario perfetamente copilado"

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