INVENTION and DISCOVERY:
Printed Books from Fifteenth-Century Europe
An Exhibition at Bridwell Library, February 1 – May 3, 2010
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2. [LATIN BIBLE (the “Gutenberg Bible”)]. Single leaf, printed on vellum. [Mainz: Johannes Gutenberg and Johann Fust, c. 1455].
Whereas the Gutenberg
Bible survives in 48 substantially intact copies, fragments from at least
fifteen “lost” copies also survive. Recent research has shown that this
vellum leaf belonged to a Gutenberg Bible that is also represented by single
leaves preserved at the St. Louis Art Museum, the Landesbibliothek in Coburg,
Germany, and the Landesarchiv in Karlsruhe, Germany. All four of these
leaves were retrieved from bookbindings of the Reformation period, in which
they were used as liners or covers. Bridwell Library’s leaf includes the
text of Genesis 46:12–48:7, which was rubricated in red and blue ink (the
blue of the initial H has faded).
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