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Haarlem Knight


The invention of the art of printing is widely attributed to Johan Guteberg, but folks in Haarlem will beg to differ. While paying a quick visit to Dutch type legend Just van Rossum, he pointed out that Laurens J. Coster (1370-1440) was printing things with movable type while Gutenberg was still nursing a nasty case of carpal tunnel syndrome. It says right here on the statue which stands in the main square in Haarlem: “Inventor of the art of printing with movable metal type.”

Posted by on October 8, 2005