William Smellie

William Smellie (5 February 1697 – 5 March 1763) was a Scottish obstetrician and medical instructor who practiced and taught primarily in London. Continue reading

Encyclopaedia Britannica Published

The first English encyclopedia was published, Encyclopaedia Britannica aka A Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, containing short entries on a wide variety of subjects with longer essays on important topics Continue reading

Aldus Manutius

Aldus Pius Manutius (/məˈnjuːʃiəs/; Italian: Aldo Pio Manuzio; 1449/1452 – 6 February 1515) was an Italian humanist, scholar, educator, and the founder of the Aldine Press. Manutius devoted the later part of his life to publishing and disseminating rare texts.

Aldus Manutius Published First Editions of Greek Classics

Aldus Manutius was Italy's first important printer to publish the Greek classics in March 1495. Continue reading

Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

First publishing of Mother Goose nursery rhymes, Mother Goose's Melody: or Sonnets for the Cradle, was published in London, England, in 1781 by Continue reading

First Children’s Fiction Book Published

John Newbery published a children's fiction book, The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes; or, Continue reading

Archeologists Find Earliest Vocabulary List

Archeologists discovered an Akkadian vocabulary list in Mesopotamia from 600 BCE. Continue reading

The Mainz Psalter Book Printed in Color

The Mainz Psalter book designed by Johannes Gutenberg, printer was the first book printed in color in Mainz, Germany. Continue reading

First Printed Complete Gutenberg Bible Survives

The first printed book in Europe to survive in its complete form was the Gutenberg Bible, also known as the Mazarin Bible (first copy part of Cardinal Mazarin of France’s library). Continue reading

The Bible Was the First Bestselling Book

The Bible has been in continuous print since Johannes Gutenberg’s first typeset edition in 1455. Continue reading