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S. Bonaventure Opscula

Bonaventure, Saint, Cardinal, approximately 1217-1274
Strasburg: Drucker der Jordanus (Georg Husner)
Sevier Oversize Collection, BX890 .B673124 1495, Vanderbilt University Special Collections

The physical aspects of this book represent the prominence of theology’s role in print. Notice how there is a full page woodcut with “rubricated” wounds of Christ and the tree of Jesse. This Christian art originates to the Book of Isiah, and is often used as a metaphor the resurrection of Jesus.  The book is separated into sections, which are made of vellum- a material made of animal skin.