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Block printing came to Christian Europe as a method for printing on canvas, which was common in 1300. The images printed on canvas for religious purposes can be very large and elaborate, and when paper became relatively easy to obtain, around 1400, very quickly transferred to small woodcut religious images and playing cards printed on paper. These prints were produced in large numbers from about 1425 onwards.

Around mid-century, the block of books, woodcut with textbooks and pictures, usually carved in the same block, emerged as a cheaper alternative to the manuscripts and printed books with mobile rates. These were all very short works illustrates, the best-selling item, repeated in different blocks on board versions: the ars moriendi pauperum and the Bible are the most common. There is still some controversy among scholars as to whether or preceded its introduction, the majority opinion, followed by the introduction of mobile types, with the range of estimates of dates between 1440-1460.









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