The Buddhist History of Moveable Type Before Gutenberg – Tricycle.org

Forget Johannes Gutenberg. The first person to ever make a book printed with moveable type was named Choe Yun-ui.
— Read on tricycle.org/magazine/buddhist-history-moveable-type/

Here is an addendum to the western narrative that places Gutenberg and Germany at the center of the invention of moveable type and printing of books. I have been looking for a history that is inclusive of the inventions and innovations from Asia. This one is a starting point. I remain hopeful for further scholarly histories.

The crux of this link is that Korea, China, and the Mongol empire played a role in humanity’s exploration with the printed word organized on/with metal, some 150 years before Gutenberg at an important inflection point. Those innovations may, or may not, have spread to Europe. There is where the gaps are.


July 1, 2019