All Pen no Press

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Though the printing press made huge strides for books and other published materials, some textual work, like official documents, were still handwritten. Why is that? Between resources, time, and personal preference, there are many theories as to why people still preferred to handwritten over printed. For us in the present, handwritten documents can be trickier to transcribe than printed documents, but they can also provide a unique perspective into this book’s story. From the pen and ink the scribes used to the doodles at the end of a signature, subtle deliberate and undeliberate marks allow viewers to connect with the people who hand wrote these documents 400 years ago.