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Milestones in Early Printing

The thumbnailed images below are just a small sampling of pages from works which represented milestones in the annals of early printing history. Johann Gutenberg is generally credited and widely accepted as the inventor of the printing press, however those visitors to this site for whom that topic is of particular interest may well enjoy a visit to another section of this site, The Legend Of Koster, as it presents evidence to show that perhaps Gutenberg might well not have been the first. However, regardless of whomever it was who invented the actual machinery, no one can dispute the extreme beauty and craftsmanship of the Gutenberg Bible.

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Johann Gutenberg (Mainz, 1450-1452)

Johann Gutenberg (Mainz, 1450-1452)

Johann Gutenberg - detail (Mainz, 1450-1452)

Fust and Schöffer (Mainz, 1457)

A page from a psalter by Johann Fust and Peter Schöffer, the first book ever printed with moveable type which contained the name of the printer and the date of publication (Mainz, 1457).

The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye (circa 1473-1474)

The opening passage from The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye, the first book printed in the English language (circa 1473-1474) by William Caxton.

The Dictes and Sayengs of the Philosophers (1477)

The The Dictes and Sayengs of the Philosophers, the first full-length English-language book printed on English soil (1477), showing the page with the additional colophon which exists in only one surviving copy of the book.


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