The Atlas of Early Printing


The Atlas of Early Printing is an interactive site from the University of Iowa Libraries designed to be used as a tool for teaching the early history of printing in Europe during the second half of the fifteenth century. While printing in Asia pre-dates European activity by several hundred years, the rapid expansion of the trade following the discovery of printing in Mainz, Germany around the middle of the fifteenth century is a topic of great importance to the history of European civilization.

Check out all the interactive features of this map, and also how the manual printing press worked. Excellent!

Click here to go to the site.

2 thoughts on “The Atlas of Early Printing

  1. The atlas on the openning page is dark and I can’t click on anything to tell about it or manipulate the map. It’s like that portion of the site is blocked. The links across the top work though. Is the map accessable with this link, or part of a paid membership or something?

  2. Nina–Thanks for visiting the site. The version you were looking at was based on Flash, and would sometimes not work with certain browsers. There is now a new, updated Atlas available at the same link, which should work fine.

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