|Johannes Gutenberg is the inventor of the moveable type printing press in the mid-1400s|
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|A rare copy of the Gutenberg Bible printed in the 1400s is on display at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.|
|Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden Gutenberg (1398-1466), |
was an engraver, inventor and printer. Most well known
for the invention of the movable type printing press..