John Gutenberg

. He was born near Mentz, 1397, and was bred a Merchant, which pro­fession he followed at Strasburg and Mentz alternately. He is believed to have discovered the art of printing with movable types about 1439; and it certain that he entered into partnership with Fust, for the prosecution of the art, before 1455, in which year the cele­brated Bible was executed by them. Gutenberg died February 24, 1468.

Taken from Gesta Typographica by Chas. Jacobi, 1897, page 20.

Some Numerals



Type Founding in Europe

Pica Type

Long Primer



Newspapers were first printed

[The Vatican’s Printing Press]


Richard Pynson

Some Numerals

John Gutenberg


The first work printed in Germany in the Roman characters

John Fust, or Faust

The first work in the English language

The Length of Literary Copyright

The letters in the alphabets of the different nations

Henry Stephens, Stephanus, or Étienne

Robert Stephens

Charles Stephens

Henry Stephens