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The Spread Of Printing

April 18, 2016

In about 1400, more than six centuries after its invention in the east, the technique of printing from wood blocks is introduced in Europe. The name of Gutenberg first appears, in connection with printing, in a law case in Strasbourg in 1439. He is being sued by two of his business partners. Witnesses, asked about Gutenberg’s stock, describe a press and a supply of metal type. It sounds as though he is already capable of printing small items of text from movable type, and it seems likely that he must have done so in Strasbourg. But nothing from this period survives. Have you ever wondered how it grew from there?

IODP now brings you a graphic that can visually show you the “Spread of Printing”.  From birth to the 1900’s. Enjoy!

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