Notable Anniversary of Print Arts and Human Cultural Advancement

May 11, 2009

From “The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor,”

It’s the anniversary of the printing of the first known book. In the year 868, Wang Chieh printed the Diamond Sutra, a Buddhist scripture, on a 16-foot scroll using wood blocks. It was discovered in 1907 in Turkestan, among 40,000 books and manuscripts walled up in one of the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas.

Diamond Sutra_Jingangjing

And, from Wikipedia, the image, above, and this information,

A page from the Diamond Sutra, printed in the 9th year of Xiantong Era of the Tang Dynasty, i.e. 868 CE. Currently located in the British Library, London.

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