Brief History of the Origins of Printing...
No place on Earth has produced more fundamental
contributions to the development of printing than has China.
Paper, Relief Printing, and Moveable Type—The very
Foundations of the Industry—all emerged from China
beginning more than 2000 years ago.
Here is a condensed timeline of early Chinese Printing technology
Western Han Dynasty (202BC-16AD)—Emergence
of Paper: Evidence of the world's first use of
105AD— Paper Refinement: Tsai Loun
achieved remarkable developments in modern paper-making
from hemp, bark and—strangely enough—recycled
fishnets. The result was a thin, soft paper with a tight
texture and smooth finish...this set the precedent for the
development of printing techniques.
600AD—Development of woodblock printing technology:
A detailed inscription was painted on wood blocks and coated
with rice paste to retain the shape of the ink. A craftsman
would then cut away a raised impression of the inscription,
whcich was brushed with ink and pressed against a sheet
of paper. A huge conceptual leap in graphic communication,
this method allowed multiple replications of formerly singular
events in communication.
932 AD—Rise of The Book: The first
known book, "The Diamond Sutra," a collection
of Buddhist classics in 130 volumes, was made at the initiative
of Fong Tao, a Chinese minister.
Circa 1041—Moveable Type: A chinese
alchemist named Bi Sheng invented moveable type by creating
raised individual characters made of baked clay. He fixed
them to an iron plate which was heated to rearrange the
characters at will. This basic innovation was not surpassed
in historic importance for the graphic arts until the invention
of desktop publishing some 950 years later.
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