Blockbook Bible for the Poor, about 1465

Blockbook Bible for the Poor, about 1465

Blockbook Bible for the Poor (Biblia Pauperum )
Woodcut on paper
Germany or the Netherlands
About 1465
Museum no. E.686 to 725-1918
Bought under the terms of the Murray Bequest

Each page in a blockbook was printed from a single woodblock, a method that was used for works in high demand. Although this book is called a 'bible for the poor', the complex format - with scenes from Christ's life paralleled by ones from the Old Testament, along with an explanatory text - suggests an educated, well-off readership.