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Title: Ridpath's history of the world : being an account of the principal events in the career of the human race from the beginnings of civilization to the present time : comprising the development of social institutions and the story of all nations
Year: 1800 (1800s)
Authors: Ridpath, John Clark, 1840-1900
Subjects: World history
Publisher: Cincinnatti : The Jones brothers New York : Merrill & Baker
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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dswith so much energy as to strain his limb.An inflammation was excited, and amputationbecame necessary. It was now midsummer,1493. The Emperor died from the effects ofthe operation. In the previous October Chris-topher Colundjus had set up the banner ofCastile on the beach of San Salvador. Itwas the dawn of the Modern Era. Here,then, at the accession of Maximilian I., wetake leave, for the present, of the politicalhistory of Germany, and turn to that of Eng-land. Before doing so. however, failure shouldnot be made to mention an event of startlingsignificance in the annals of the fifteenth cen-tury, and of the vastest importance to theprogress of human thought and freedom.This was the invention of Printing. It is 108 UNIVERSAL HISTORY.—THE MODERN WORLB. agreeable to turn from the follies aud in-trigues of ignorant kings and bigoted pontiffsto that noiseless underdeed of the mind of man, silently working out one of the greatproblems of civilization. The stamping of plajing cards from
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CHARLES VIII. RECEIVES AXNA OF BRITTANY.Drawn by A. de Neuvlile. PEOPLE AND KINGS.—GERMANY IN 14TH AND 15TH CENTURIES. 109 blocks seems to have forerun the art ofwood engraving, The latter began to be invogue as early as the beginning of the fif-teenth century. The first application of theart to the printing of books dates to the year1420, when Lawrence Coster, of Harlem, pro-duced an entire book from wooden blocks, overcome in the early part of the precedingcentury. The invention of a press for printing fol-lowed close after that of the types. The dateascribed to this second step so essential to themultiplication and diffiision of knowledge, is1440. In this work Gutenberg was assisted

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