The Invention of Printing: The Gutenberg Bible

About the invention of printing by Johann Gutenberg in 1455, the Gutenberg Bible.

1455 THE INVENTION OF PRINTING: THE GUTENBERG BIBLE

Mark Twain once called printing "the incomparably greatest event in the history of the world." Johann Gutenberg, of Mainz, Germany, may have introduced modern mass printing by his invention of movable type. Thirty documents exist proving there was a Gutenberg, but only 3 indicate he was a printer. Gutenberg launched the printing of the famous 42-line Bible associated with his name, but his financial backer, Johann Fust, and another printer, Peter Schoeffer, probably produced the greater part of the historic Bible.

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