On the Laurens Jz. Coster Project
The Project L. Jz. Coster is an idealistic project, carried out by
volunteers only. Nobody is making any money out of it. For this reason
we have confined ourselves to those texts which are out of copyright.
All texts have been converted into a hypertext format and will be
annotated with glosses and links to sources.
In the 19th century some Dutch scholars believed that Laurens Janszoon
Coster was the real inventor of book printing and that Johannes Gutenberg had
stolen the idea from him. Coster's home town, Haarlem, still has his statue
standing on the central square. Today we think that the craft of printing books
was really invented in China. In spite of this we thought naming our
project after Coster was the right thing to do, when one of our main
examples if the American