Printing revolution / 印刷革命

February 26, 2015

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17 February 2000, Germany
600th birthday of Johannes Gutenberg

The hand carved woodblock print was born in China, and in the 15th century in Europe, metal letter press was invented and that made the printing culture wide spread.

This stamp is celebrating the inventor’s birthday of 600 years ago – well, he is responsible for many areas of later development, such as publication, education and yes of course, typography.

The letters from 600 years ago were quite a bit different in written manner, by the way.

印刷の歴史は中国で興った手彫りの木版印刷にさかのぼりますが、15世紀のヨーロッパで活版印刷が発明されたことが、印刷物の量をぐんと増やし、情報の伝わるスピードを一気に速めたのは間違いないようです。

この切手はその活版印刷の発明者と言われるヨハネス・グーテンベルクの600年前の誕生を記念したものです。たしかに、量産が可能な印刷物が出来たことで書物が庶民に届くようになり、さらにタイポグラフィーというものも生まれたのですね。

それにしても600年前の文字は、今とはずいぶん違った表記だったことが、拡大するとわかります。

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