Johann Gutenberg: The Man and His Invention / Edition 3

Johann Gutenberg: The Man and His Invention / Edition 3

by Albert Kapr
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859281141

ISBN-13: 9781859281147

Pub. Date: 04/01/1996

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

Although Johann Gutenberg's seminal invention of printing from movable metal type is well documented, very little is known about the man himself. In this fascinating and scholarly biography, Albert Kapr brought together a vast and widely dispersed literature to produce a revealing account of Gutenberg the individual. Acting as a historical detective, Kapr based his…  See more details below

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Although Johann Gutenberg's seminal invention of printing from movable metal type is well documented, very little is known about the man himself. In this fascinating and scholarly biography, Albert Kapr brought together a vast and widely dispersed literature to produce a revealing account of Gutenberg the individual. Acting as a historical detective, Kapr based his portrait on original documents and references, the majority of which are reproduced. He considers the different aspects of Gutenberg's life - inventor, technologist and artist - and considers his personality and achievements within a wide cultural and historical context. This is the first modern biography of Gutenberg to appear in English, and Albert Kapr revised and updated his text (originally published in 1986, second edition 1988) especially for this translation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859281147
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction7
Introduction to the First German Edition11
Ch. 1Gutenberg's Origins, Birth and Early Years15
Ch. 21429-1434: Years of Apprenticeship and Travel?58
Ch. 3Gutenberg in Strasbourg65
Ch. 4Printing Parallels100
Ch. 5The Technical Problems of the Invention123
Ch. 6The Return to Mainz138
Ch. 7The 'Work of the Books'153
Ch. 8Unequal Competition188
Ch. 9The Mainz Archbishops' War235
Ch. 10Memento Mori252
Ch. 11Eternal Fame267
Chronology291
Bibliography294
Glossary303
Index309

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