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Printing History 10/01/08 Johan Gutenberg invents the printing press in 1439. 42 Line Bible. Very ambitious. Borrowed money from everyone. Owed major debt to many people. Tools were going to be confiscated by a court, but one of Gutenberg’s investors came to the rescue and gives him more money to complete the Bible. Took Gutenberg 17 years to complete the printing of the first Bible (1453). The second book Mainz Psalter (1457). A few men in his town stole his technology and competed for his business. Block printing – individual characters made for movable type. Existed in Asia since the 9 th century, but Europe was slow to discover. Print shops become very popular in this time period as a business venture. Johannes Trithemius – wrote In Praise of Scribes about how monks should abandon the printing press and continue writing by hand. He wanted a large audience on why they shouldn’t do this, so he had it printed on a printing press, like a fucking moron. Typeface is done very conservatively, and made to look like it was done by hand.
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