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Gutenberg’s Masterpiece the 42-line bible

The Gutenberg-Bible

The height of Gutenberg’s art of printing is considered to be the 42-line bible (B42).  The 2-volume bible with a total of 1,282 pages was created with the help of a staff of 20. For this bible, Gutenberg cast 290 different shapes.
The colorful initials and signs were added later by an illuminator and a columnist. Of the 180 copies, it is assumed that 150 were printed on paper, while the remaining 30 were printed on exquisite parchment.
Today, 49 copies remain in existence. Of these, two are owned by the Gutenberg museum.

With this bible, that remains until today one of the most beautifully printed books of the world, Gutenberg proved that the "nova forma scribendi" was esthetically equal to hand-writings that were at their height at that time.
The development of the art of printing brought about a major change in the world of writing.

The spread of knowledge and scientific discoveries promoted scientific development and became a milestone in the historical progress towards modern times.

The Gutenberg-Bible online: klick here


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Frau Dr. Cornelia Schneider

Dr. Cornelia Schneider
Kuratorin für Buchkunst 15.-18. Jahrhundert, Bilderbücher und Akzidenzen.
Tel: 06131-122562
Fax: 06131-123488
dr.cornelia.schneider(at)stadt.mainz.de


 
 
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