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Comenius’ Orbis Sensualium Pictus was first published in 1658 and was republished in various translations with various versions of illustrations in subsequent years. Here is a comparison of three different 18th century versions depicting bookbinders. The first two (English, 1705 and Hungarian, 1708) are identical, but the 1777 edition shows an update.

Below are further samples of pages depicting bookbinding and the book trade in general.

Hoole’s English translation (1705):

For comparison, here are similar sections in the 1658 Dutch version (lacking an image specifically illustrating bookbinding):

A German/Hungarian version was published in 1708.

1777 English edition (with different illustrations from the 1705 edition):