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[BKARTS] Happy 2869th birthday Diamond Sutra - or - The World's Earliest Dated Printed Book



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Although not the earliest example of blockprinting, it is the
earliest which bears an actual date. The colophon, at the inner end,
reads: `Reverently [caused to be] made for universal free
distribution by Wang Jie on behalf of his two parents on the 13th of
the 4th moon of the 9th year of Xiantong [i.e. 11th May, AD 868]'.


Read more at:

http://www.bl.uk/collections/treasures/diamond.html


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