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John Man, The Gutenberg Revolution

· 18 March 2013 |  by Maarten
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John Man, The Gutenberg RevolutionThe Gutenberg Revolution
How Printing Changed The Course of History

John Man

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Deze uitgave:
Engels
Bantam Books, 2009
304 pagina’s, paperback
isbn: 9780553819663

Oorspronkelijke uitgave:
Review (Headline Book Publishing), 2002

In 1450, all of Europe’s books were hand copied and amounted to only a few thousand. By 1500 they were printed, and numbered in their millions. Johann Gutenberg’s invention of printing with movable type had caused a revolution.

Born in 1400 in Mainz, Germany, Gutenberg struggled against a background of plague and religious upheaval to bring his remarkable invention to light. His story is full of paradox: his ambition was to reunite all Christendom, but his invention shattered it; he aimed to make a fortune, but was cruelly denied the fruits of his life’s work. Yet history remembers him as a visionary; his discovery marks the beginning of the modern world.

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