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Early printing dates (in development)

The earliest woodcut is from 1423 (a Christopherus), another is suspected to be from 1418, earlier examples seem to miss. In the question about the "first woodcuts" occasionally around 1400 or even ca. 1377 is speculated, just for the beginning of the playing card production and the quick development and distribution is tried to be explained by the invention of woodcuts. Specific profession expressions, used in Ulm short after 1400, which some time later definitely are connected to woodcut techniques serve as argument, that woodcut existed then. However, real early examples are missing.
Generally we observe, that in the 20's of 15th century Italian playing cards development and interests seems to jump, as if a new factor had appeared.