mehr als das Blei in der Flinte das im Setzkasten

20:16 Dec 6, 2010
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German term or phrase: mehr als das Blei in der Flinte das im Setzkasten
This is a quote from the philosopher, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg: Mehr als das Gold hat das Blei die Welt veraendert. Und mehr als das Blei in der Flinte das im Setzkasten.

The whole document is a market research report for a library but this is in the foreword referring to the first media revolution back in the 15th century. Has anyone any ideas?
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4 +3And the lead in the typecase more than that in the musket.
Marcos Guntin

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And the lead in the typecase more than that in the musket.

Style aside, the idea is that the invention of the printing press was more influential to world events than the introduction of firearms, both of which occurred in the XV century AD. Hence the lead use in the latter was more important than that in the former, and both of them were more important than gold.

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agree  philgoddard
20 mins
  -> Thanks Phil!

agree  Guido Schenkel: Perfect explanation. My only addtional input would be that I believe "type case" is usually two words.
22 mins
  -> Thank you very much Guido!

agree  AndersonT
1 hr
  -> Thanks Anderson!
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