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Printer's Portrait

Johann Gutenberg

Copperplate engraving illustration in Joseph Moxon, Mechanick Exercises. (London, 1683).

This oft-reproduced image of Gutenberg shows the inventor with what appears to be a punch in one hand and a multiple matrix in the other. It is based on an engraving by André Thevet (Paris, 1584). Few scholars now believe that Gutenberg had a beard.
Keywords: engraving, Gutenberg, invention, printing
15th Century | Cary Collection