Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)
Friday, June 22, 2007
Posted by Jim Watts
Ben Vershbow on if:book points out that the Koreans were printing with metal movable type two hundred years before Gutenberg. He provides a picture of "the oldest existing document in the world printed with metal movable type: an anthology of Zen teachings, Goryeo Dynasty, Korea... 1377."