propagation of print / 技術は伝播する

March 5, 2015

1976UK008

29 September 1976, UK
500th Anniversary of British Printing
designer: Richard Gay ( winner of the stamp design competition )

Only 20 years after the Gutenberg Bible, already in England the new technology of letterpress printing had been developed and large numbers of publications were produced.

These stamps with letters from that time and a picture of a printing workshop are showing British printer William Caxton’s works.  He was the first English publisher that produced commercial books.  His printer’s device is quite beautiful.

1976UK010

グーテンベルグが考案した活版印刷を使って『グーテンベルク聖書』と呼ばれる聖書を印刷してから20年のちに、すでにイギリスで印刷と出版を手がける人が手できていました。情報のつまった「本」という存在が、多くの人を魅了したのですね。

この2枚の切手はイギリスで出版業の先駆けとなったウィリアム・カクストンの仕事と、印刷所の様子を伝えています。この切手の発行当日の記念消印にも使われた彼の印刷物の紋章は、古風で美しい文字と模様の構成です。

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