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Johann Faust (alternately Fust)

Dates: ?-1466
Notes:
Faust, formerly a banker, funded the production of Gutenberg's forty-two line Bible, completed by 1456 and recognized as the first printed book in the West. In 1455, Faust brought Gutenberg into the court of law, pressing him to repay his money. Instead, Gutenberg gave him his printing equipment. With it, Faust then established a firm with Peter Schoeffer, likely a former employee of Gutenberg. Faust & Schoeffer printed and published a psalter in 1457, acknowledged as either the first or second printed book. The two printers advanced the craft significantly and went on to print other religious books as well as broadsides for news and official business.
References:
Page 3ff: Winship, George Parker. "Gutenberg to Plantin: An Outline of the Early History of Printing." Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1926.
Page 119: Timperley, C.H. Encyclopaedia of Literary and Typographical Anecdote, London: Henry G. Bohn, 1842.
Page 4: Luckombe, Philip. "A concise history of the origin and progress of printing." London: W. Adlard and J. Browne, 1770.
Occupations: printer

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