Grafika torza Snáře Václava Hájka z Libočan

Title in English The graphic design of the fragment of the Dream Book by Václav Hájek z Libočan


Year of publication 2016
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description This article deals with the graphic design of the first edition of the Dream Book by Václav Hájek z Libočan, printed probably in 1550 in the printing office of Jan Günther. Hajek's edition is a revised version of the Old Czech Dream Book by Vavřinec z Březové. First edition has survived only as a fragment (gathering B). The article focuses on the analysis of two issues: 1. the repertory of graphemes (graphs) and their distribution, including punctuation, 2. typefaces (characters of printing) that were used. The analysis shows that the orthographic and typographic features of this print are in most cases in accordance with trends in the development of Czech orthography of printed books from the half of 16th century (this orthographic system is traditionally referred to as “Brethren orthography” and recently as “printers' orthography”).
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