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Livre de Prières. Tissé d'après les enluminures des manuscrits du XIVe au XVIe siècle
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Livre de Prières. Tissé d'après les enluminures des manuscrits du XIVe au XVIe siècle


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Description This work was woven in silk, using the Jacquard loom method of punch cards. Approximately 106,000 cards per leaf were used in this highly complex application. This extremely rare volume, which is the only successful example of an entirely woven book, is often regarded as the first book produced by a computer, since Jacquard's process is viewed as an early precursor to the computer. The printed silk was mounted on paper pages and then bound.
Exhibitions
  • Bookbindings from the Gilded Age. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
  • Henry Walters, Léon Gruel, and the Reinvention of the Medieval Manuscript . 2015-2016.
Credit Gift of Ms. Jane Ridder, 1974

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Period
1886
Medium
woven silk pages bound between boards covered with navy morocco goatskin, gold, silver, metal clasps, and embossed gilt fore edges
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
92.123
Measurements
H: 6 11/16 × W: 5 5/8 × D: 1 1/16 in. (16.99 × 14.29 × 2.7 cm)
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