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A Leaf from the Gutenberg Bible of 1455
[Bible in Latin.] A Noble Fragment Being a Leaf of the Gutenberg Bible [device: 1450-1455] With a Bibliographical Essay by A. Edward Newton. New York: Gabriel Wells, 1921.
Original leaf (from I Samuel) and letterpress presented in a full blue-black morocco portfolio, gilt on top board. Spine worn, else fine.
The first substantial book ever printed in the West was -- appropriately -- the most important book ever written: The Holy Bible (Biblia Sacra). Johann Gutenberg, inventor of the art and craft of printing with moveable type began his Bible around 1452, probably completing it in Mainz, Germany in 1455, with his partners on the project, Johann Fust and Peter Schoeffer. The text was the standard Vulgate Latin of Saint Jerome, the Biblia Latina. This work is known among bibliographers as "The 42-line Bible." The first book ever printed remains one of the most beautiful books ever printed, a testimony to the meticulous care and artistry that Johann Gutenberg applied to the work.
Darlow & Moule 6076. Copinger 1. Hain 3031.
Item # 1455AS
Appraisal Value: $98,000
Sale Price: $74,900