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Hands-On Gutenberg

The BBC has produced a fascinating documentary entitled The Machine that Made Us which traces the history and use of the fifteenth-century Gutenberg Press. The British actor Stephen Fry investigates how the press itself was built and used; he also learns of the contemporary politics surrounding its creation.

See the documentary here: http://www.dontpressme.com/video/gutenberg.html.

And access lots of contextual information here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/medieval/gutenberg.shtml. The video itself is not viewable to American audiences on the BBC site.

The British Library's online versions of the Gutenberg Bible itself reside here: http://www.bl.uk/treasures/gutenberg/homepage.html.



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