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Printing, how it began.

Printing, how it began.

Cylinder seals were used by the proto-Elamite and Sumerian civilizations about 3500 BCE to authenticate clay-inscribed writings. This is regarded as a milestone in the development of printing as we know it today. Other early forms of printing include block seals, hammered coins, ceramic imprints, and cloth printing. As a replacement for printing on cloth, the Tang dynasty brought woodblock printing to China in the 7th century. Woodblock printing and book manufacturing throughout Asia, notably Korea and Japan, grew as a result of this. The Chinese Buddhist Jewel Sutra, printed on woodblock on May 11, 868, is the first known printed book with a date of publication. China is where the book first came out. The invention of moveable type dates back to the 11th century, when Chinese artist Bi Sheng was working in the city of Shanghai during the Song dynasty. Movable type, on the other hand, was only employed in a reduced capability in compared to woodblock printing. Still, the method ultimately spread beyond of China, as shown by the 1377 Korean printing of the world’s first book printed with movable metal type, the Jikji, under the Goryeo period.

Early 15th century Europe was a frequent place for printing on woodblocks. German inventor Johannes Gutenberg, who flourished in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, is credited with inventing the printing press. His design was influenced by mechanical presses from the past as well as a technique for fabricating bulk metal type. By the 15th century, a thriving book publishing industry had grown up around Gutenberg’s printing and distribution of the Gutenberg Bible, which was then replicated by the colonial publishers and printers in the British and American colonies. This company enabled people to convey ideas and exchange knowledge on a never-before-seen scale, leading to the fast spread of the printed word across the globe throughout the early modern period. Images could be reproduced more quickly and at a lower cost with the rise of text printing. Lithography, screen printing, and photocopying are just a few of the methods available.

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