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The Earliest Portrait of an Author in a Printed Book

8/28/1479
<p>Detail from page of <em>Breviarium</em> (1479) printed by Pachel and Scinzenzeler depicting the author, Paulus Attavanti.</p>

Detail from page of Breviarium (1479) printed by Pachel and Scinzenzeler depicting the author, Paulus Attavanti.

The earliest portrait of an author in a printed book, and the earliest woodcut illustration printed in Milan, depicts humanist Paulus Attavanti (Paulus Florentinus) in the edition of his Breviarium totius juris canonici, sive Decretorum breviarium printed by Leonardus Pachel and Ulrich Scinzenzeler in 1479. The woodcut shows the author in profile, writing in his library.

Hirsch, Printing, Selling and Reading 1450-1550 (1967) 49, 60.  ISTC no. ip00178000.

In November 2013 a digital facsimile of the first edition was available from the Bayerisches Staatsbibliothek.

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