From one of the first printers in France

A leaf from Postilla super Psalterium (Commentary on the Psalms) by Nicolaus de Lyra printed by Ulrich Gering in Paris in 1483
(198 x 135 mm)  

Printed books imported from Germany were known and read in France for some years before the first press was set up there. (Indeed it was while Gutenberg's partner Johannes Fust was on a business trip to Paris that he caught the plague and died.) At a time when many university students had to laboriously copy out their own textbooks, with all the opportunities for error that process offered,  the advantages of Gutenberg's mass-production technique were clear. It was two senior figures in the University of Paris, Johann Heynlin – German by birth – and Guillaume Fichet, who took the initiative, inviting a trio of printers from Basel to move to Paris and set up a press in the Sorbonne. 

Ulrich Gering from Berom√ľnster ran the press with the help of two assistants while Heynlin and Fichet arranged funding, chose the books to publish and ensured accuracy. The first book from the new press was an edition of the letters of an Italian humanist scholar, published before the end of 1470.

Like so many such ventures the Sorbonne press was short-lived. The two assistants returned home in 1477, but Gering carried on alone for another 20 years. This leaf is from a book he published on 5th November 1483, a compact quarto-size edition of a commentary on the Book of Psalms by Nicolaus de Lyra, neatly produced in a matching pair of two sizes of roman type. The slightly offset dot on the letter 'i' is a distinctive feature, more noticeable in the smaller font.

Another leaf from a book by this author is here

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