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"Place Gutenberg, Gutenberg statue" Top 5 Page for this destination Place Gutenberg Tip by JLBG

Place Gutenberg, Strasbourg: 13 reviews and 31 photos

  Place Gutenberg, Gutenberg statue
  • Place Gutenberg, Gutenberg statue - Strasbourg
      Place Gutenberg, Gutenberg statue
    by JLBG
  • Place Gutenberg, Gutenberg statue - Strasbourg
      Place Gutenberg, Gutenberg statue
    by JLBG

Jean Gensfleich zum Gutenberg (or Johannes Gensfleich, later Johannes Gutenberg) was born in Mainz in 1399. In 1430, he flew away from his hometown to escape the Justice. In 1434, he settled in Strasbourg as a goldsmith and an engraver. It is unclear whether he developed printing while he was in Strasbourg or not. Specialists disagree on that point. Anyhow, he was bankrupted in 1440 and his material, whatever material it was, was distrainted. He left Strasbourg in 1444 and developed a printing workshop, back in Maienz. He was a second time bankrupted in 1454 and his workshop distrainted again. He died in Mainz in 1468.

Sissi (VT Kakapo2) wrote : when looking over your Strasbourg page I thought you should correct some little things about Gutenberg. He was born as Johannes Gensfleisch, and much later the "zum Gutenberg" was added. This was the name of the house owner, if I understand it right, which was the family's property named Zum Gutenberg. But nobody would know him as "Gensfleisch zum Gutenberg", only as Johannes Gutenberg.

I have made some further research and found that very little was know on him as there are almost no document that remain. As for the name itself, Sissi is surely right but though “Jean/Johannes Gensfleich zum Gutenberg” is improper it is widely used as a Google search shows. Thank you Sissi for pointing out this name uncertainty and thank you for editing the name of Mainz.

Before Gutenberg, printing was practiced but on a very small scale as each page had to be carved on wood. Gutenberg developed printing by the use of 25 mobile fonts cast in lead and set in a press with a frame operated by a screw. His main work is the printing of the famous "42 lines" Bible.

After Gutenberg, printing developed a great deal in Strasbourg, which does not mean for sure that he did develop printing himself while he lived in the city. In 1480, there were a dozen printers in the city.

Gutenberg is shown here, in the middle of the square that bears his name, holding a page from this Bible. The stand of the statue shows on each side scenes of printing.

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