Five Hundred Years of Printing

By S. H. Steinberg; John Trevitt | Go to book overview

First published in 1955 by Penguin Books as a Pelican Original

This revised edition published in 1996 jointly by Oak Knoll Press and The British Library

Published in the USA and its possessions and territories, Canada, Central and South America including Mexico by Oak Knoll Press, 414 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE 19720, USA. Distributed in the USA by Lyons & Burford, Publishers, 31 West 21 Street, New York, NY 10010

Published and exclusively distributed throughout the rest of the world by The British Library, Great Russell Street, London WCIB 3DG, UK

© in original text, 1955, 1961 and 1996 B. E. Steinberg
New material © 1996 John Trevitt
Illustrations © 1996 The British Library Board

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data is available from The British Library

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data

Steinberg, S. H. (Sigfrid Henry), 1899-1969.
Five hundred years of printing / S. H. Steinberg; revised by John Trevitt. — 4th ed.
p. cm.

This work, first published as a Pelican Original in 1955 and maintained in print in successive editions until 1980, is now available again.It has been completely revised and updated. Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN I-884718-19-I (cloth : alk. paper). — ISBN I-884718-20-5 (pbk. : alk. paper) I. Printing—History. I. Trevitt, John, 1932- II. Title. ZI24.s8 1996 686.2'09—dc20 96-12543 CIP

ISBN I-884718-19-I (Oak Knoll hardback)
ISBN I-884718-20-5 (Oak Knoll paperback)
ISBN o 7123 0414 2 ( The British Library hardback)
ISBN o 7123 0438 x ( The British Library paperback)

Designed by John Trevitt

Typeset in Monotype Sabon I0/I2 pt by Nene Phototypesetters, Northampton, UK Printed in the United States of America

Cover illustration: A page from a copy of the Mainz Psalter, printed by Fust and Schoffer in 1457. Not only is this the earliest surviving printed book to carry both the name of the printer and the date of publication, but it is also the first book in which the initials and rubrics were printed in one and two colours together with the text in a single impression.All ten known copies are on vellum. [G.12216]

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Five Hundred Years of Printing
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Table of contents

  • Five Hundred Years of Printing *
  • Contents v
  • Reviser''s Preface vii
  • Introduction i
  • Chapter I- The First Century of Printing 1450-1550 3
  • Chapter II- The Era of Consolidation 1550-1800 74
  • Chapter III- The Nineteenth Century 1800-1900 136
  • Chapter IV- 1900-1955 170
  • Chapter V- The Postwar World 218
  • Conclusion 250
  • Select Bibliography 251
  • Index 255
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