Engraving, paper watermarked. Plate 108 x 140mm (4¼ x 5½").
An interior of a printing workshop. To the right, oil-based ink is being evenly printed on paper. The printing press was invented in 1440 by Johnnes Gutenberg (who printed the famous Gutenberg Bible, acclaimed for its high aesthetic and technical quality), based on existing screw presses, which can be seen to the left of the image. The invention of mechanical movable type printing started the Printing Revolution and is widely regarded as the most important event of the modern period, revolutionising the way people conceive and describe the world they live in. It played a key role in the development of Renaissance, Reformation (bestselling authors like Luther or Erasmus were sold by the hundreds of thousands), the Age of Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution and laid the material basis for the modern knowledge-based economy and the spread of learning to the masses.
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