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From Xylographs to Lead Molds

Excerpt from From Xylographs to Lead Molds: Ad 1440, Ad 1921 Printing has been called "the art preservative of all arts." The invention of individual movable cast-metal type, between A. D. 1440 and 1446, made printing a commercial possibility. The subsequent rapid of the art, in the hands of students and craftsmen, may be said to have been the centrifugal, may be said to have been the centrifugal force of the Renaissance and the Revival of Learning, which age, if it can be chronologically delimited, began A. D. 1453. Printing divulged to the masses the ancient classics which had been locked up in monasteries and accessible and accessible only to clerics and the nobility. The common people began to read. Education became popularized. This brochure is a brief history of the evolution from xylographs to the methods used today for duplicating a typographical printing surface in a solid piece. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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