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Title: Hieronymuspenwerk en andere Utrechtse penwerkstijlen in handschrift en druk
Author(s): GERRITSEN-GEYWITZ, Gisela
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 49 Issue: 2 Date: 2007
From the second half of the fifteenth century, a considerable number of manuscripts and incunabula have been preserved which once belonged to religious institutions in the city of Utrecht. The initials in many of these books have been engrossed with penwork, a simple form of decoration which occurs in a range of different forms and motifs. These forms and motifs turn out to have distinctive features on the base of which different penwork styles can be discerned. Manuscripts and incunabula can be classified according to the style to which the penwork of their initials belongs. This may provide helpful in understanding the genesis of a manuscript or the completion of an incunable and in determining the origin and subsequent history of the book.