Today I stumbled accross the history of the printing press and the *invention of Movable Type* (no not the Movable Type we know today and the software Im using theis very moment while writing this article).
Movable Type then was the key factor in getting the Bible distributed in Europe in the late 1400’s. It was this *Movable Type invention* was enabled characters to be hand set and spaced equal in height. What all charachters were set then it was ready to be printed on handmade paper.
A german printer named Johann Gutenberg was one of inventors of Movable Type, a method of *printing from metal molds* and alloys and oil-based inks that remained the way people printed until the late 20th cent.
The invention of the Gutenberg press is also known as the Gutenberg Bible or the Mazarin Bible and in more recent times as the 42-line Bible (for the number of lines printed in each column)
Similar Movable Type printing had been done earlier in China and Korea. In China printing from movable type woodblocks were invented by Pi Sheng in 1040. There is also evidence that during this time *movable type* was made of clay and copper (in Korea) as early as 1392.
It is argued that the typesets used during the time of Gutenberg may been sand cast (and were not metal molds) and that the *Movable Type process* may have evolved over time. (sorry about that Johann)