THE Printing Press firstname.lastname@example.orgTHE MOST IMPORTANT INVENTION IN HISTORY
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NONE OF THE PRINTED ITEMS WE ENJOY TODAY WOULD BE AROUND WITHOUT ONE MAN. Johann firstname.lastname@example.org Gutenberg The inventor of the Printing Press in 1450 He was a GOLDSMITHING
Before the printing press in 1450, books were written out by hand, mainly by monks in monasteries. email@example.comIt could take one person six months or longer to write out a book, word for word and page by page.
Books were expensive to produce. If a book was to survive, it had to be copied over and over, every generation. firstname.lastname@example.org This is a page from“CANTERBURY TALES” byGeoffrey Chaucer.It was handwritten about 1400.
This printing press had pieces of metal type that could be used over and over again to print pages of text. email@example.com
Johann Gutenberg mixed oil and soap together to make ink. In 1456, he made 180 copies of the first printed book: a Bible. firstname.lastname@example.orgOnly 49 copies of these Bibles survive today. The lasttime a Gutenberg Bible sold, it went for $2.4 million.
Before the Printing Press, woodblock printing was common. A sheet of paper was laid over an inked piece of wood and an impression was taken by rubbing. email@example.comGutenberg broke up the text into lower and upper case letters and punctuation marks.
IMAGINE WHAT THIS KNOWLEDGE MEANT TO THE COMMON PEOPLE. INSTEAD OF HAVING TO TAKE THE CHURCH’S OR THE KING’S WORD ON SOMETHING, THEY COULD LEARN TO READ AND FORM THEIR OWN OPINION. firstname.lastname@example.org
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firstname.lastname@example.orgThe importance of Gutenberg’s invention caused him to be named the most influential person in the past 1,000 years by the Biography Channel.