- The latest posts with the Gutenberg timeline and type/lettering samples are
quite interesting, and have sparked my interest in readng more. It sounds
like much us in dispute, but at the risk of asking for the impossible,
anyone want to hazard a recommendation for one of two books on Gutenberg et
al for those interested in learning more?
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I'd think that anything specifically about Guntenberg is of less use
in that it would be chocked full of dubious biographical matter. There
isn't enough real biography to fill a small monograph. Most of the
current in-print material is of this nature. The in-print Douglas
Martin books may be of interest but they tend to stay very near
You might be better off with studies focusing more on the Gutenberg
Bible and the development of Western printing. I'd say useful starters
are Janet Ing's _Johann Gutenberg and his Bible_ (1988), Elizabeth
Eisenstein's _The printing press as an agent of change_ (1979), etc.
Albert Kapr's _Johann Gutenberg_ (1986, trans. 1996) is quite useful,
especially for the political background, though it is a bit puffed up
with biographical speculation. Some of the classic older studies (but
dated by later discoveries) are Aloys Ruppel's _Johannes Gutenberg:
Sein Leben und Sein Werk_ (1939, reprinted 1967), T. L. DeVinne's _The
Invention of Printing_ (1876) [wherein he discovers the adjustable
mould], O. W. Fuhrmann, _Gutenberg and the Strasbourg Documents of
1439_ (1940) [which contains many of the legal documents relating to
Gutenberg]. Most of this stuff can be picked up by a search on
antiquarian book lists. The bulk of Gutenberg studies is, of course,
in more fugitive materials; articles, monographs and the like. And
much harder to acquire. And much of it untranslated.
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "Matt Kelsey"
> The latest posts with the Gutenberg timeline and type/lettering
> quite interesting, and have sparked my interest in readng more. Itsounds
> like much us in dispute, but at the risk of asking for the impossible,Gutenberg et
> anyone want to hazard a recommendation for one of two books on
> al for those interested in learning more?
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]