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The Gutenberg Revolution, Paperback / softback Book

The Gutenberg Revolution Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback

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In 1450, all Europe's books were handcopied and amounted to only a few thousand.

By 1500 they were printed, and numbered in their millions.

The invention of one man - Johann Gutenberg - had caused a revolution.

Printing by movable type was a discovery waiting to happen. Born in 1400 in Mainz, Germany, Gutenberg struggled against a background of plague and religious upheaval to bring his remarkable invention to light.

His 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.

Yet history remembers him as a visionary; his discovery marks the beginning of the modern world.

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