New Inventions of Modern Times [Nova Reperta], The Invention of Book Printing, plate 4

Artist: Jan Collaert I (Netherlandish, Antwerp ca. 1530–1581 Antwerp)

Artist: After Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus (Netherlandish, Bruges 1523–1605 Florence)

Publisher: Philips Galle (Netherlandish, Haarlem 1537–1612 Antwerp)

Date: ca. 1600

Medium: Engraving

Dimensions: Sheet: 10 5/8 × 7 7/8 in. (27 × 20 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1934

Accession Number: 34.30(5)


Fourth plate from a print series entitled Nova Reperta (New Inventions of Modern Times) consisting of a title page and 19 plates, engraved by Jan Collaert I, after Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus, and published by Philips Galle. Illustration of men working at the book mill. In the background a man prepares paper for printing in the press depicted on the right. In the center of the foreground a young boy lays out the newly printed paper for proof-reading. On the left workers set type to be printed.