Invention of the Printing Press
Johannes Gutenberg was responsible for the invention of the printing press, and he was not just an inventor or scientist, but a multi-talented personality. Prior to his invention, this German mastermind worked at molding iron, copper and even worked as a goldsmith. Post the invention of the printing press which became extremely popular across the Holy Roman Empire and subsequently all over the world, Gutenberg started working as a full time Printing and Publishing Expert. What’s amazing is to note is that this genius inventor during his entire lifetime, was never completely aware of the massive significance of his invention. The very fact that information and news can now be massively distributed to masses, can be attributed to his keen technical acumen, sharp mind and revolutionary thinking.
The first books printed mass-printed after the invention
Considering that this invention was carried out during the mid thirteenth century in the then Holy Roman Empire, there would be prizes for guessing the fact that it was the Bible that was the first ever book to be printed and distributed. Back then, the Church had a massive influence on the affairs of the state, be it the personal life of citizens or the orders decreed by the ruling monarchs. In fact, the version of the Bible that was first ever to be printed on the printing press, was named as the Gutenberg Bible, and till date, it remains one of the best, elaborated and well-elucidated versions of the religious text. Here’s a short look!
Not only was the Gutenberg Bible a landmark achievement for mankind and the biggest breakthrough in printing technology, but it also paved the way for the Gutenberg Revolution, wherein the number of books printed in Europe per year rose phenomenally from a couple of millions, to staggering volumes in billions. Unfortunately, only 49 copies of the Gutenberg Bible are available today, and none of these are fully complete. Some of these copies are available in the Vatican Library, while many others have been auctioned for staggering amounts. The last copy to be sold was in 1978, and the most viewed copy across the world is the one housed in the New York Public Library. Historians and Lexicographers across the world have unanimously praised the Gutenberg Bible for its highly aesthetic printing and visuals.