This article aims to reconstruct the genesis of the four typo-xylographic editions of the Speculum Humanae Salvationis (two in Latin and two in Dutch), which, from the 16th century onwards, have informed the debate on the origin of printing. The article first summarises the relevant philological and bibliographical data. It then continues to present a synthesis of the research carried out on the typo-xylographic editions since the 16th century, concentrating on the work of Junius, Scriverius, Meerman, Guichard, Ottley, Doudelet, and Stevenson in particular. By critically examining this body of research and appealing to material evidence, this article presents a coherent picture of the genesis of the typo-xylographic works. It refines Stevenson’s dating of the editions, and offers more evidence for the dual-workshop thesis. Finally, this article puts forward the hypothesis that the original blockbook plans included more than the twenty-nine blocks that appear in the editions.
Bibliothek Und Wissenschaft, 2013, Vol 46, p. 311-328