Of Monsters and Men

By Barnaby Cullen |   ‘He also had no eyes… the mouth was nearly the same as that of a rabid dog, inside it had three black teeth, above a broad white finger bone, pointed like a sturgeon’s rostrum … which was horrible to behold.’   This rather gruesome quote is taken from the Erclerug […]

inverted woodcut of the crucifixion and Spear of Longinus used on lower pastedown.

Read to Death: The Sole Surviving Copy of an Early Modern Bestseller

By Nora Epstein | For regular readers of the PWRB blog, it will come as no surprise that some of the rarest early modern books were not necessarily specialty items printed in small runs. Rather, some the most ubiquitous bestsellers of the Renaissance print market survive with only a single copy to attest to what […]