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  • Gutenberg’s printing press revolutionised the creation of books and helped make them affordable, ushering in a new era of affordable books and literatureat one point, Gutenberg became heavily indebted due to a failed investment in holy mirrors. It is said he promised his creditors that they could have a share in the new printing press that he was working on
  • He had borrowed 800 guilders from local financier Johann Fust to purchase specific tools and equipment needed for his unique typography method.
  • Mainz was sacked by Archbishop Adolph II in a dispute over control of the city and Fust and Gutenberg’s printing businesses were destroyed
  • Little evidence exists of what he actually published because he didn’t put his name on any of his printings.
  • Still living in Mainz, it is believed that he went blind in the last months of his life. He died on February 3, 1468, and was buried in the church of the Franciscan convent in the nearby town of Eltville, Germany.
  • The cemetery where he was buried was later destroyed, and his grave is now lost. It was not until after his death that Gutenberg's contributions to print technology were fully realized.
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