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Rather than just text, a book is an object itself. Over the centuries, the physical aspect of the book has been considered important. This can be seen in the beautifully illustrated volumes and decorated bindings. It took a lot of effort to publish such a beautiful book, with beautiful, sometimes hand-coloured images, and very often with a special binding. Books like these can be considered as real showpieces, almost artworks, that gave the possessors or the persons to whom these books were dedicated, a luxurious feeling and status. Look at them and you will get stunned by the beauty of these volumes that were produced by real craftsmen.

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