In 1485, when Morte d'Arthur was first printed, people indeed found it a book "pleasant to read in," and we find it so still.
I do not mean that you could read it as it was first printed, for the oldest kind of printing was not unlike the writing used in manuscripts and so seems hard to read now.
The printed book, the gnawing worm of the edifice, sucks and devours it.
Let the reader make no mistake; architecture is dead; irretrievably slain by the printed book,--slain because it endures for a shorter time,--slain because it costs more.
Bonus Accursius, as early as 1475-1480, printed the collection of these fables, made by Planudes, which, within five years afterwards, Caxton translated into English, and printed at his press in West- minster Abbey, 1485.
the second printed edition of the collection of the Fables made by Planudes, was issued from the printing-press of Robert Stephens, in which were inserted some additional fables from a MS.
The manuscript was printed
in a complete form in England, and created much discussion on this account, Melville being accused of bitterness; but he asserted his lack of prejudice.
He had set up and printed
off two little jobs for farmers in that printing-office -- horse bills -- and took the money, four dollars.
"The reason of that," said Samson, "is, that as printed
works are examined leisurely, their faults are easily seen; and the greater the fame of the writer, the more closely are they scrutinised.
"I should so like to see it printed
soon," was all Beth said, and smiled in saying it.
"Just think of it," he said, "the old sailor right there in a real printed
"I don't think it will be much of a newspaper if it isn't printed
," said Dan scornfully.