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Johannes Gutenberg and the Printing Press

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Johannes Gutenberg, drawing made after death


Johannes Gutenberg, drawing made after death

Johannes Gutenberg (c. 1400-1468)


Johannes Gutenberg is generally credited with the creation of movable type printing -- the process that made it possible to publish many copies of a single work at one time.

 

  • Much of Gutenberg's life is shrouded in mystery, and his name does not appear in any of the printed works attributed to him.

 

  • He was a goldsmith early in life, and that training apparently led him to the notion of forming molten metal into individual characters of the alphabet, which could then be inked and pressed on paper.

 

500th anniversary stamp, 1952
500th anniversary stamp, 1952


His most famous work was the Gutenberg Bible, an elaborate two-volume Latin Vulgate Bible which he published about 1455.


Image from the British Library

Click the above link for historical information on the Bible and its imagery 


The Ransom Center, at the University of Texas, Austin, has a site dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg and the printing of the Gutenberg Bible.

For a biography and brief video on Johannes Gutenberg, click here.


external image Red_apple.jpgLearning plans and resources for teachers to use concerning Gutenberg and the printing process.

 

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