Stephen Fry & Gutenberg

Last night the British Library held a talk over the recent screening of the BBC's 'Medieval Season', showing Stephen Fry talk us through the world's first mass-production printing press, built by the legendary Gutenberg. The talk was great as it allowed some of the key people to talk about how they built the press and what the obstacles were.

They had a small miniature press, etchings from way back when, diagrams, sketches and of course the finished beast itself. The level of detail involved all serves to make you realise just what a wide imagination was needed to create it in the first place. One has only to look at the 1300 pages that form the first print job to see just what an epic task it was. A great night.

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