The First Printed Page Numbers

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Printing page numbers (something that appears quite necessary and obvious today) only became common typographic practice from the second quarter of the sixteenth century. At the delightful website I Love Typgraphy is a scan of a recto leaf printed by Arnold Ther Hoernen, Cologne, 1470  The book, Sermon on the Presentation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,  is special in that it is the first (extant) book to include printed page numbers.

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Author: Father Silouan Thompson

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