Woodblock printing was widely used in Asia, and the technique was mainly used to make block books in Europe during the 15th century.
The technique involved the carving of text and images on a piece of wood, which was used to transfer the impressions on the material through applying ink on the face of the wood carving and pressing it against the material.
The block books produced in Europe were short books because the process to produce them was very tedious. Each letter had to be carved on the wood each time it appeared in the text. However, the process was cheaper compared to more advanced techniques at the time.
Block books were printed both in color and black and white versions and featured no attributions to the author, date, printer, or place of printing. Several 15th century European block books have been preserved and placed on display in different libraries.