Talk:Johann Fust

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Fust versus Faust[edit]

Fust was formerly often confused with the famous magician Dr Johann Faust, who, though an historical figure, had nothing to do with him.

So reads the current revision. This factoid comes straight from the 1911 Encyclopedia, which seems to have chosen opinion over fact in this case. I have in my lap a copy of Meggs' History if Graphic Design, which claims that Fust was the basis of Faust.

At the very least, this means that Fust was confused with Faust after 1911, making "formerly" incorrect.

I'm altering this to reflect the multiple opinions I've found on the subject. If someone can settle the matter definitively, I'm all for that. superlusertc 2008 July 19, 01:16 (UTC)

Imprisonment for witchcraft[edit]

Printer's devil contains an interesting story about Fust, which I was surprised to find not mentioned in his article:

A third source involves a business partner of Johann Gutenberg, Johann Fust, who sold several of Gutenberg's bibles to King Louis XI of France and his court officials, representing the bibles as hand-copied manuscripts. When it was discovered that individual letters were identical in appearance, Fust was accused of witchcraft — the red ink text was said to have been written in blood, and Fust was imprisoned. Though Fust was later freed after the bibles' origins were revealed, many still believed he was in league with Satan, thus the phrase [Printer's Devil]. (talk) 17:26, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

Hello, I am a Communications major at the College of Staten Island. I'm taking a history of design course that asks us to create or expand upon a Wikipedia page. I decided to expand upon Johann Fust's already existing page because I am most interested in him over anybody else that I have learned about this semester. I will be gathering my sources and organizing them here. Here is some of the research that I will base my information on....

Source 1, JSTOR - Der Prozess Fust gegen Gutenberg Blum, Rudolf. Der Prozess Fust gegen Gutenberg. 2nd ed. Vol. 7. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1954. 37-40. JSTOR. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. <>.

-Explains financial dealings and business transactions between Johann Fust and Johann Gutenberg -Goes through analysis about details of the joint venture -Gives a little history into the character of Johann Fust at a prime point in his life

Source 2, JSTOR - The Invention of Printing: Revolution within Revolution Barker, Nicolas. The Invention of Printing: Revolution within Revolution. 2nd ed. Vol. 35. N.p.: Library of Congress, 1978. 64-76. JSTOR. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. <>.

-More information about the financial dealings between Gutenberg and Fust -Goes through the invention of printing and how Johann Fust and his odyssey with Gutenberg came about -Details a little bit about the relationship between Fust and Peter Schoeffer

Source 3, JSTOR - Looking Back from the Invention of Printing Clanchy, M.T. Looking Back from the Invention of Printing. 39th ed. Vol. 3. N.p.: Library of Congress, 1982. 168-83. JSTOR. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.

-Talks about the early stages of printing -Brings up Fust as a lawyer -More information on Fust working with Schoeffer -More information about Fust's dealings with Gutenberg -Explains some difference between the styles of Fust and Gutenberg — Preceding unsigned comment added by Af918 (talkcontribs) 16:18, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

Successors and Influnce[edit]

This portion of the article seems pretty subjective (perhaps copy-pasted from a school essay?). It either requires citations or a rewrite.

Allanaaaaaaa (talk) 02:16, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

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Imported from 1911 Britannica, should be thoroughly checked and secondary sources cited. Kusma (討論) 22:00, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

Last edited at 22:00, 6 December 2006 (UTC). Substituted at 20:02, 29 April 2016 (UTC)