1784Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: New Thread (PPL)
- Jul 26, 2003Paul
My reference is "papal legate, Cardinal Nicholas of Cues." Don't know,
off hand, if they are one and the same, or for that matter if the
English spelling is correct here. But yes, there is apparent
documentation of a letter or proclamation of some sort. Any attempt to
force connection specifically to B42 is speculative, of course, but the
referral does precede the great book. It may not have come out of the
blue, so to speak, as evidence of earlier printed materials, in
connection with the Church, are out there. Indulgences, etc., that have
been associated with Gutenberg and his various partners.
>>Not necessarily the why. There was, I believe, considerable incentive.
>>Nicolas of Cues, a contemporary papal authority, was an advocate
>>(pre-printing) for a mechanical method to replace the problem of
>>corruption of text that was inherent in the copying process. Most of
>>the copies of B42 were sold to the Church, and from what I understand,
>>presold. The connection is thought to be Cues. Bit of an interesting
>>creation of the idea of credit. Quite an amazing production in many,
> Is there a typo here? Isn't this Nicolas of Cusa, the important
> philologist? I didn't realize that he was credited (even putatively) with
> the B42.
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