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Johann Gutenberg

Printer's Portrait

Histoire de l'invention de l'imprimerie par les monuments. (Paris: de l'Imprimerie rhe de Vernenil, 1840)

This illustration shows a preposed design for a statue of Gutenberg at the Bibliothèque Royale in Paris. The inventor appears to be taking a shortcut and stamping letters with a punch directly onto a strip of paper or parchment.
Keywords: Gutenberg, invention, lithographer, printing
15th Century | Cary Collection