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Meinem Freunde Ahasver v. Brandt und der Erinnerung an unsern gemeinsamen Freund Ludwig Beutin (+ 15. September 1958) gewidmet
'These were the five hundred years of the Printer' -- so wrote Beatrice Warde in 1955, at the beginning of her foreword to the first Penguin edition of this book -- 'the centuries in which there was his way, but no other way, of broadcasting identical messages to a thousand or more people, a thousand or more miles apart.'
The first century of printing 1450-1550
1. THE INCUNABULA PERIOD
All historical periods are makeshift expedients: people did not go to bed in the Middle Ages and wake up in modern times.
Originally published in 1955, this text has been substantially revised and updated, taking account of the huge technological changes experienced in the printing industry since the 1970s The coverage includes censorship, bestsellers, popular series, the history of illustration, the invention of lithography, and the connection between printing and education, language and literature. According to Beatrice Warde, the book represents "the five hundred years of printing as a creator of changes in human lives".
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