Facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible of 1454

Description The Gutenberg Bible was the first major book printed in Europe  using movable metal type. It marked the start of the "Gutenberg Revolution" and the age of the printed book in the West. Widely praised for its high aesthetic and artistic qualities, the Gutenberg Bible has an iconic status.

Only 49 copies (or substantial portions of copies) have survived, and they are considered to be among the most valuable books in the workd; no complete copy has even been offered for sale since 1978. Kent State University Libraries recently purchased this affordable facsimile edition to provide students with an opportunity for hands-on study of this historic book.

This facsimile was derived from the copy in the Göttingen Library in Germany, which is listed in the UNESCO Memory of the World program. Each page of the original is included, carefully photographed to capture its colors, textures, and size. Students can also study the Gutenberg Bible by referring to scanned images online; those studies can be complemented by working with this three-dimensional replica.
Publisher Cologne: Taschen
Date 2018
Extent 2 volumes + booklet
Institution Kent State University
Repository Special Collections and Archives
LC Classification Number q Z241.B58 G88 2018
Portion Digitized Image of the front covers of volume 2 and the booklet along with a page of text in volume 1.
Access Rights This digital object is owned by Kent State University and may be protected by U.S. Copyright law (Title 17, USC). Please include proper citation and credit for use of this item. Use in publications or productions is prohibited without written permission from Kent State University. Please contact the Department of Special Collections and Archives for more information.
Duplication Policy http://www.library.kent.edu/special-collections-and-archives/duplication-policy
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Format of Original book


Curated by Kathleen Siebert Medicus with guest contributors