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Question #24590 posted on 04/17/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

OK, we all know that the Bible was the first printed book (thank you, Gutenberg). But what was the second book ever printed and when? Did Gutbenberg also print it or did another printer?

- Questioning

A: Dear Questioning-

Actually, the Bible was not the first book to be printed on a moveable-type print in Europe, it was "Ars Minor, a portion of Aelius Donatus's schoolbook on Latin grammar," according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Gutenberg

Printing presses were already in existence before that point, and moveable type had been used in China and Korea. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Printing_press has more information about the history of the press, including the fact that "the earliest known printed text, the Mugujungkwang Darajagyeong (a Buddhist scripture), was printed in Korea in mid-8th century."

-The Franchise