An article in The New York Times says that the mould printing acknowledge to Gutenberg, was a gradual process that went on 20 years after Gutenberg's first attempts. The mould printing made all letters the same size and you therefore had a print which looked the same. Two scientists have checked the printing of Gutenberg, and can see that there are slight discrepancies in the letters from his printing. They think that he made the moulds of sand. Sand was not durable and could not be reused, and therefore he had to make a new mould every time.
|Plantin-Moretus printing shop|
Interesting discoveries indeed. When one considers the way printing is done today, it must have been a very cumbersome work in those day. But, how beautiful books they printed. I saw the process when I visited the Plantin-Moretus museum in Antwerp a while ago (see post here) and got an idea how much work was put in.
|Not many books today can beat this edition!|
|Plates done by Rubens! Where do we|
have this today?
|The lovely library in the house of the printers!|