The Gutenberg Documents: With Translations of the Texts into English

The Gutenberg Documents: With Translations of the Texts into English

The Gutenberg Documents: With Translations of the Texts into English

The Gutenberg Documents: With Translations of the Texts into English

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How This Book Came

To Be Written

Almost twenty years ago I first became interested in the history of what I regard as my profession: printing. Having been puzzled and dismayed by the conflict of published accounts of the invention of printing, I first directed my attention to the earliest beginnings of the art.

My budding interest in this subject was further stimulated when I designed typographically and printed the first edition of Thomas F. Carter's distinguished contribution to printing literature, The Invention of Printing in China. When I came to write The Golden Book, I could find no published statement in English presenting the known facts regarding the invention of printing in the light of recent scientific research in that field. Since I considered such a statement essential for inclusion in that history of printing addressed to the general reader, I set my- . . .

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