“The shift from hand printing to mechanical printing led to the print revolution in Europe". Explain the statement with examples.
THE shift from hand printing to mechanical printing led to the print revolution. Printing became a revolutionaiy process and became the vehicle for reaching masses of readers quickly.
- The printed books at first closely resembled the written manuscripts in appearance and layout.
- The metal letters imitated the ornamental handwritten styles.
- Borders were illuminated by hand with foliage and other patterns and illustrations were painted.
- In the books printed for the rich space for decoration was kept blank on the printed page for the purchaser to choose the design and the painting school that would do the illustration.