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The Atlas of Early Printing
September 19, 2008 8:25 AM   Subscribe

The Atlas of Early Printing. A visualization of fifteenth-century printing presses in Europe. Click around, look at the book-learnin' blossom!
posted by Greg Nog (15 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
oh my. how very cool.

thanks, Greg Nog!
posted by jammy at 8:31 AM on September 19, 2008


ooooo.

This is good.
posted by The Whelk at 8:37 AM on September 19, 2008


Damn, that's cool.
posted by heyho at 8:47 AM on September 19, 2008


The "animate range of years" function brings much more meaning to all those dots. Cool post!

Also: no acknowledgment to the aliens who brought the technology here in the first place? Bokhziog the Maleficent will not be pleased.

posted by not_on_display at 8:51 AM on September 19, 2008


Goddamn it Greg, you've blown my productivity.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:22 AM on September 19, 2008


Amazing. Thanks very much for the post.

The "animate range of years" function brings much more meaning to all those dots.

So it does, and thanks for mentioning it, because I hadn't noticed it.
posted by languagehat at 9:31 AM on September 19, 2008


An interesting point this makes is how much technical and cultural development in XV century Europe went along a North-South axis roughly equivalent to the old Lotharingian kingdom (dominated by Burgundy in those days). It also shows how much of a backwater the British Isles were... (although the "conflict" map seems to seriously underrepresent wars in the Continent during that period: no wars in the Iberian peninsula in the XV century? Really??)
posted by Skeptic at 9:38 AM on September 19, 2008


Fairs!
posted by cowbellemoo at 9:46 AM on September 19, 2008


Pleasant and clever timeline thing but it tells us little or nothing about the actual printing process, the use of type, copy, corrections, paper used, binding etc, which finally becomes important for the sort of thing that was so well studied by Fredson Bowers of Univ of Virginia and is now more readily done by computer analysis.
posted by Postroad at 10:35 AM on September 19, 2008


Did you check out the links at the top?
posted by Greg Nog at 10:58 AM on September 19, 2008


WOW.
posted by pised at 11:42 AM on September 19, 2008


That's the worst RTS game I've ever played.

Going back to check out the links at the top that I missed!
posted by cjorgensen at 1:24 PM on September 19, 2008


Just realized this is my home state! And not too terrible far away. I think I'm going to get me a library card and check out this book.

Cool post.
posted by cjorgensen at 1:27 PM on September 19, 2008


great post, thanks.
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 2:01 PM on September 19, 2008


Nothing about China?

They've been printing a hell of a lot longer than any European.
posted by Sukiari at 11:09 PM on September 21, 2008


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