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...prompted speculation and experiment. The Western invention of printing from movable type is generally ascribed to Johann Gutenberg , a goldsmith from Mainz in Germany. Although scholars dispute the details of the early production of his press, the first dated item is a copy of a 42-line Bible, which a scribe finished rubricating (entering capitals and other matter) on 24 August 1456 . There had been printing from woodblocks before Gutenberg. His genius was to perfect a number of separate but available technologies for printing from type. He appears to...