Three florins

Posted by Mei on April 25, 2003


I am stuggling with the follwing sentences. Could anyone do me a favor and tell me what they mean.

In 1483 the owner of one press charged three florins for each twenty pages to print a book that a scribe might have copied for one florin for twenty pages. But the press could produce 1025 copies for the money, the scribe one copy.

Thanks a lot.