The Gutenberg Bible

The Gutenberg Bible is the first book to be printed with movable type, by Johann Gutenberg in Mainz.

The substantial two folio volumes are remarkable for the fine quality of the printing, executed with great care and attention to detail. This exact facsimile edition is taken from the John Rylands Library copy which is one of forty-eight substantially complete surviving copies, now housed in libraries across the world. Purchased by George John, 2nd Earl Spencer in 1790 it found its way to Manchester in 1892 when Enriqueta Rylands purchased the Spencer Collection of books. This copy includes original hand decorated initials at the beginning of each book and was probably at the Cistercian monastery of Eberbach, not far from Mainz, in the fifteenth century.

Little is known and much has been speculated about the life of Johann Gutenberg, however this two volume Bible endures as an extraordinary achievement.

This eBookTreasures facsimile edition contains the complete book.

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