A History of Printing: Its Development through Five Hundred Years

A History of Printing: Its Development through Five Hundred Years

A History of Printing: Its Development through Five Hundred Years

A History of Printing: Its Development through Five Hundred Years

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A controversy over the problem of who was responsible for the European invention of printing from movable types has been going on for more than four hundred years, but it will be found that in the pages that follow, I have not attempted even to review the evidence offered on either side. Those who have the leisure and the disposition to devote to the subject will find it fully reviewed in the article Typography, comprising more than one hundred thousand words, by J. H. Hessels in the eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

It will be noted that I refer to the European invention of printing. I use the term advisedly. The Chinese discovery of the principle of typography in the eleventh century does not represent a step in the progress of the art. There are so many characters in what in Chinese corresponds to an alphabet that when Pi Sheng showed the way to printing from movable types, it was found that there was little that was labor-saving in his invention. It was not generally adopted, and the knowledge that the Chinese had invented typography did not reach Europe until after it had been invented independently there.

In gathering the material that I have used, I have received aid from many sources. The literature of printing is of considerable proportions. One needs but to inspect the great collection in the Library and Museum of the . . .

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