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Friends of Library host talk on early European printing

Paul Needham and Blaise Ag|era y Arcas will present their recent research on early European printing on Thursday, March 15 at 5 p.m. in McCormick 101.

In their lecture, How Were the Earliest European Printing Types Made? Needham, librarian of the Scheide Library (a private collection housed in Firestone Library) and Ag|era y Arcas, a librarian research associate, will discuss their finding that that Johann Gutenberg did not invent moveable type, and will speak about the implications of their work.

Ag|era y Arcas devised a method to analyze printed texts with a computer, which the researchers used to examine several of Gutenberg's documents. Through inconsistencies in the individual letters, the pair concluded that contrary to popular belief, Gutenberg did not use moveable type.

The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Princeton University Library, and is free and open to the public. A reception in the Main Exhibition Gallery at Firestone Library will follow.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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