Most people know Johannes Gutenberg as the inventor of the movable-type printing press in the 15th century. He had a collaborator in Peter Schöffer, an alumni of the Sorbonne in Paris where he studied either law or theology. He improved on Gutenberg’s invention and was critically important in establishing the idea of copyright. Today he is considered to be one of the best printers, editors and booksellers of Europe who pushed the artistic boundaries as well as the economic possibilties of the book trade.
He was born in Gernsheim on the river Rhine where in 1836 they put up a monument in his honour.
He lived in Mainz and his estate was known as the Schöfferhof where later somebody established a brewery. To this day, Schöfferhofer is a well-known wheat beer brewed in Mainz.