The Gutenberg Revolution

The Gutenberg Revolution : The Story of a Genius and an Invention That Changed the World

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In 1450, all western Europe's books were handcopied and amounted to no more than a single modern library. By 1500 they were printed and numbered in their millions. Printing made possible the development of modern science and literature, and the political shift from statelets to nations. It brought about the biggest chages in human culture since the invention of the alphabet itself. The man responsible was Johann Gutenberg, born in Mainz, Germany in 1400. John Man explains how this technical genius, whose research into printing was funded by wealthy sponsors, struggled against a background of plague, religious upheaval and legal battles to bring his remarkable invention to light.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 127 x 193 x 25.4mm | 249.48g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8pp colour photos
  • 0747245053
  • 9780747245056

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Extremely erudite and enormously fascinating ... its subject is nothing less than one of the greatest turning points in the development of civilisation Geoffrey Moorhouse, Guardian
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About John Man

John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in Mongolia. His most recent books are GOBI: TRACKING THE DESERT and THE ATLAS OF THE YEAR 1000. He also wrote THE ATLAS OF D-DAY. He devised and presented the BBC Radio 4 series 'Survivors'.
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