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The sharp rise of medieval learning and literacy amongst the middle class led to an increased demand for books which the time-consuming hand-copying method The history of nothing far short of accommodating.
Gutenberg took up these far-flung strands, combined them into one complete and functioning system, and perfected the printing process through all its stages by adding a number of inventions and innovations of his own: Early modern wine press.
Such screw presses were applied in Europe to a wide range of uses and provided Gutenberg with the model for his printing press. Gutenberg adapted the construction so that the pressing power exerted by the platen on the paper was now applied both evenly and with the required sudden elasticity.
To speed up the printing process, he introduced a movable undertable with a plane surface on which the sheets could be swiftly changed. Gutenberg greatly improved the process by treating typesetting and printing as two separate work steps.
A goldsmith by profession, he created his type pieces from a lead -based alloy which suited printing purposes so well that it is still used today. The introduction of water-powered paper millsthe first certain evidence of which dates to allowed for a massive expansion of production and replaced the laborious handcraft characteristic of both Chinese  and Muslim papermaking.
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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. April Learn how and when to remove this template message Early Press, etching from Early Typography by William Skeen This woodcut from shows the left printer removing a page from the press while the one at right inks the text-blocks.
Such a duo could reach 14, hand movements per working day, printing around 3, pages in the process. This ink was then applied to the text evenly. One damp piece of paper was then taken from a heap of paper and placed on the tympan.
Small pins hold the paper in place. The paper is now held between a frisket and tympan two frames covered with paper or parchment. These are folded down, so that the paper lies on the surface of the inked type. The bed is rolled under the platenusing a windlass mechanism. To turn the screw the long handle attached to it is turned.
Such presses were always worked by hand. After aroundiron presses were developed, some of which could be operated by steam power. The function of the press in the image on the left was described by William Skeen inthis sketch represents a press in its completed form, with tympans attached to the end of the carriage, and with the frisket above the tympans.
The tympans, inner and outer, are thin iron frames, one fitting into the other, on each of which is stretched a skin of parchment or a breadth of fine cloth.
A woollen blanket or two with a few sheets of paper are placed between these, the whole thus forming a thin elastic pad, on which the sheet to be printed is laid. The frisket is a slender frame-work, covered with coarse paper, on which an impression is first taken; the whole of the printed part is then cut out, leaving apertures exactly corresponding with the pages of type on the carriage of the press.
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