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The beginning of the world of books, 1450 to 1470 : a chronological survey of the texts chosen for printing during the first twenty years of the printing art, with a synopsis of the Gutenberg documents

Stillwell, Margaret Bingham

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ISBN 10: 0914930036 / ISBN 13: 9780914930037
Published by Bibliographical Society of America, New York, 1972
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1972 Hardcover . xxviii, 112 p. Appendixes (p. [73]-106): A. The Gutenberg documents: notes on the manuscript records, 1420-1468. The Gutenberg tradition as stated in the printed books of the fifteenth century, 1468-1499.--B. Undated imprints assigned to the Netherlands. ; Bibliography: p. xxi-xxv. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP69133200

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Title: The beginning of the world of books, 1450 to...

Publisher: Bibliographical Society of America, New York

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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According to the Preface, for a hundred years or more, the bibliographical scholars of the world have sought to identify the man of genius who, in the mid-fifteenth century, changed the course of civilization by introducing the art of printing into the Western World. Our knowledge of Gutenberg and his claim rests upon two factors: a series of documents in manuscript that range from 1420 to the settling of his estate in 1468. These, however, fail to give conclusive support to his claim as the inventor of printing, although presenting in the early records an occasional and vague reference to printing, paper, ink, a press and "four pieces" which Theodore Low DeVinne, Dr. Otto W. Fuhrmann and others have identified as the parts of a type-casting mould. The second factor consists of tributes to Gutenberg by his contemporaries and their successors, which specifically name him as the inventor of printing in statements which appeared in printed books issued during the years 1470-1499. Stillwell's work contains a bibliography of 215 of the first printed documents described as "Books and Broadsides 1450-1470," along with supplementary sections and notes on the Gutenberg documents. xxviii, 112 pages. cloth.. tall 8vo..

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