Dating books printing history
The first crude woodcuts appeared in Europe by 1400.
Given the difficulties of scraping out the wood between the lines to be printed, and the danger that lines that were too thin would break under pressure, early woodcuts consisted mainly of thick outlines with minimal shading.
Early printing depended largely on the skills of the printer and the quality of the paper, type, ink and press. Printers were strictly printers— when the printing was completed the pages would be sent to a bindery where the book could be finished as elaborately as the buyer desired.
who introduced innovations such as dating books, introducing the printer's device and Greek characters in print, further developing the basics of punchcutting and type-founding, and printing with colored inks.
He was also the translator of many of the books he published, using his knowledge of French, Latin and Dutch.
Early Writing Evolves from Pictures Evolution of the Roman letterform Uncials and Half Uncials 8th Century, The Carolingian letter Blackletter or the Gothic Letterform Italian Renaissance Master Writing Teachers Gutenberg & Mechanical Writing Italian Renaissance French Typographic Contributions Type in Northern Europe Britain and the American Colonies Tech Advances in Type Making Sans Serif Faces Methods of Type Classification Early Broadsides The French Poster Craze of 1880 Early European Illustrated Posters Cubism Meets the Airbrush The Photographic Poster The Swiss Poster American Posters of the 20th C The Poster as Public Message .
He returned to Bruges in 1472 where he and Colard Mansion, a Flemish calligrapher, set up a press.The Latin word cunae, translates as “cradle," referring to the infancy period of book printing.Although printing presses had been in use for China since the first century, Gutenberg is credited with perfecting the screw printing press in Western Europe.Caxton affiliated himself with the household of Margaret, the duchess of Burgundy, sister of the English king Edward IV.
She became one of his most important patrons and encouraged him with his translation of 'The Recuyell of the Histories of Troye' from French to English.
Most block books are primarily image, but the example above is an exception.