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History of Moveable Type

In China, where moveable type was first used, texts were printed from baked porcelain characters in the 1000s and from tin or wooden characters in the 1300s. In Europe in the early 1400s, pages were printed from wood blocks on which individual letters as well as pictures were hand-cut in relief. Johannes Gutenberg is usually credited with inventing the type mold about 1450; it permitted a large number of identical characters to be cast, and brought about printing from moveable type as we know it.

 

 



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