Printing and Publishing
(1,772 words)

1. The Early History of Printing and Publishing

Before the invention of paper, written documents were mainly recorded on tortoise shells, bones, stones, metals, wooden boards, silk, and bamboo strips. The historical sources date the development of paper from raw hemp, bark fibers, and rags to 105 CE. Archaeological finds show, however, that paper produced from plant fibers…

Cite this page
Neder, Christina, “Printing and Publishing”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 21 July 2017
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018



▲   Back to top   ▲