The Vintage Letterpress
In around 1440, Johann Gutenberg, a German goldsmith who was familiar with techniques of cutting punches for making coins from moulds saw a way of making the process quicker and more durable by using metal instead of wood and placing them within a machine. The mirror image of individual letters were relief carved and easily movable enabling the user to reuse and reset when required. The benefit of this process was that it would now be possible to mass produce texts.
The Gutenberg Bible was the first book in the West made using movable type, and historians have estimated that around 180 were made during the 1450s (49 still exist in library, university and museum collections).
He who first shortened the labor of copyists by device of movable types was disbanding hired armies, and cashiering most kings and senates, and creating a whole new democratic world: he had invented the art of printing.
(Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus, 1833)
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