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History of Paper - Early days of Printing

Paper and printing are so interrelated today that we often forget that paper preceded printing by many a hundred years. Although the earliest form of printing using pressure can be traced back to Mesopotamia where cylindrical blocks of metal for printing or embossing of tablets was in use, printing in its current form dates back to around 200 AD.
The Woodblock technique was also invented in China and the technique of block printing of cloths using etched wooden blocks is still used in many old places around East and South Asia.
The Woodblock technique was good for printing patterns on cloth or paper, but to print pages of a book, it was more time consuming than the later more usable technique of movable types, since each page would require skillful engraving of wood blocks, the white or void area being carefully etched off the block with a special knife, leaving only the letters and other printable surface raised and capable of being inked and when put on a piece of paper or cloth and pressed, leave the impression of the ink on the surface.

The movable types, where a printer uses an assorted array of single letter or type blocks, and move them around on a holder plate to form words and sentences, and thus be reusable, was invented much later.
It was invented in 1040 AD.

 

 

In 1040 AD, Bi Sheng invented the movable types during the Song Dynasty.
He was the first person who made single character blocks out of sticky clay, hardened by baking in fire and arranging them on a board prepared with wax, paper ash and resin to hold the types.
The journey of modern day printing began, and when it reached Europe, it changed the way European Middle Age was progressing.

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