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National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
Study Center, East Building, Ground Floor
Washington
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As the printed book emerged in the 15th century, its design mimicked that of the manuscript, with an incipit at the top of the first page and a colophon at the end of the book. One of the most obvious innovations of the early printers was the addition of a title page. Over time, printers not only included more information on this page but also presented it within carefully wrought designs.

“Announcing the Text: The Development of the Title Page, 1470–1900” is an exhibition in the National Gallery of Art Library. It traces the development of the title page presenting wonderful examples of early books of the 15th century through modern books of the late 19th century.

>>> Exhibition highlights online