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Gutenberg Revolution: The Story of a Genius and an Invention That Changed the World
John Man (au)
In 1450, all of Europe’s books were hand-copied & amounted to no more than a few thousand. By 1500 they were printed, & numbered in their millions. Printing with movable type -- pioneered by Johann Gutenberg -- was an invention waiting to happen. Born in 1400 in Mainz, Germany, he struggled against a background of plague & religious upheaval to bring his remarkable invention to light -- & ignited a revolution that helped make the modern world. Yet Gutenberg’s story is full of paradox: his ambition was to reunite all Christendom, but his invention shattered it; he aimed to make a fortune, but was cruelly denied the fruits of his life’s work. “This highly readable book provides a window on an extraordinary display of consummate skill & creative genius.” Ill.
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