[The Vatican’s Printing Press]

It is not generally known that the Vatican possesses one of the finest printing establish­ments in the world. It was founded in 1626, and only one year after its foundation already possessed the characters of twenty-three dif­ferent languages. In 1811, when Pius VII. was Napoleon’s prisoner at Fontainebleau, the Propaganda Press was abolished, and its imple­ments were carried off to Paris. It was re­stored under Louis XVIII., and is now one of the marvels of Rome.

Taken from Gesta Typographica by Chas. Jacobi, 1897, page 18.

Newspapers were first printed



The Scriptures were first written on skins

The first iron printing-press


Gothic Letters

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