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An Outline of the History of Printing free pdf Excerpt from An Outline of the History of Printing: To Which Is Added, the History of Printing in Colours Printing with moveable types was invented either in Holland or Germany about the year 1440. The name of the inventor and the place of the invention are two of the most hotly contested questions in history. Gutenberg at Mainz, Coster at Haarlem, Waldfoghel at Avignon, Castaldi at Feltre - all these are mentioned as claimants. The value of their respective pretensions has been summed up by a wellknown authority in the words: "Holland has books but no documents, France has documents but no books, Italy has neither books nor documents, while Germany has both books and documents." There exist books certainly printed in Holland which are held by some to be earlier than 1454, which is the first printed date of the Mainz press. They are attributed to the press of Laurens Janszoon Coster of Haarlem, but this is not supported by any direct evidence. As to the Avignon claim, this rests upon some documents in the legal archives of the town. Waldfoghel, who was a goldsmith, was in the possession of a method of artificial writing which, by the description given, must have been printing. No work done by him or by his method has been identified. The claim of Castaldi, of Feltre, appears to rest upon very shallow foundations, and, in fact, it is difficult to see anything but tradition in the story. When we turn to Mainz we are on more solid ground. From the first Mainz press - it is difficult to associate John Gutenberg definitely with it - a broadside Indulgence was issued with the printed date of 1454. Through the haze of tradition, theory and speculation, this Indulgence emerges as a definite fact, and from this date begins the real history of printing with moveable type. From what we know of the operations of type-founding to-day we can see that it must have taken many years of experiment and of failure to enable the printer of the 1454 Indulgence to arrive at the final solution of the problem. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : Robert Alex Peddie
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331912709
EAN : 9781331912705
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 34 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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