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11/05/0868 The first book is printed


Conserving the Diamond Sutra


11th May 868: The world's earliest dated printed book created in China


Diamond Sutra frontispiece explained

The earliest printed book, or at least the earliest printed book with a kown date was a copy of The Diamond Sūtra, a Buddhist religious text. The date is known from a colophon at the end stating it was "printed on 11 May 868, by Wang Chieh, for free general distribution." Historians know of printed books that are likely older from Japan or China. But these books are not dated.
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