Friends of Gutenberg - Jour Fixe

Basic lecture "Gutenberg rediscovered!"

Topic: Gutenberg and letterpress printing in Asia

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All old and new friends of the Gutenberg Society and the popular Jour Fixe format are cordially invited to an exciting round of discussions in a spectacular Mainz cultural ambience - your physical well-being will be taken care of.

Basic lecture of the new series "Gutenberg rediscovered".
Topic: Gutenberg and letterpress printing in Asia
Speaker: Dr. Julia Bangert

In the middle of the 15th century Johannes Gutenberg invented printing with movable type and revolutionised written communication worldwide. But even before his time, there were similar technical developments in Asia: In the middle of the 11th century, Bi Sheng invented printing with movable type in clay in the Empire of China. Even the first book produced with movable metal letters did not come from Gutenberg's workshop, but from the temple Heungdeok-sa in Cheongju and was printed some 80 years earlier in 1377. However, there were decisive differences between the inventions in Asia and those in Mainz, which led to the fact that letterpress printing had no comparable effects in China and Korea and could not assert itself for a long time. The basic lecture illuminates in a simple and understandable way the technical basics and the social background of the inventions in Mainz and Asia.

Afterwards there will be a small wine tasting from the Christophorus-Hof winery.
Please register at or by telephone at 06131-226420.

Date: 23 May 2019
Time: 18 o'clock
Location: Kulturei (Citadel Mainz)
Organizer: International Gutenberg Society

The entrance is free, donations for the winegrower are requested.