The Discovery of Printing

When did letterpress printing started?

 China – The Asian Contribution

Printing, a most important invention in human history was invented by the Chinese. This was relief printing: the spaces around an image on a flat surface are cut away; the remaining raised surface is inked; and a sheet of paper is placed over the surface and rubbed to transfer the inked image to the paper. The use of engraved seals to make identification imprints evolved into printing.

A History of Graphic Design: Second Edition, Phillips B. Meggs, 1992, p24

 Example of engraved seals:

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Picture of Chinese relief printing tomb sculpture dated back in (618-907 A.D)

Diamond Sutra

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Photo taken from:

A History of Graphic Design: Second Edition, Phillips B. Meggs, 1992, p25

The printing frame above was craft in reversed, so that whenever the frame is imprinted on a paper it would look upright. Below is the result of reversed crafting.

Letterpress blocks – reversed

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Letterpress imprinted – upright

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