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The Gutenberg Bible

Gutenberg’s Masterpiece the 42-line bible

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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, 48 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.


Copies of the
42-line bible today

 

Belgium

Mons

 

Denmark

Copenhagen

 

 Germany

Aschaffenburg

 

 

Berlin

 

  

Frankfurt/Main

 

 

Fulda

 

 

Göttingen

 

 

 

Kassel

 

 

Leipzig

 

 

Mainz

 

 

Mainz

 

 

Munich

 

 

Rendsburg

 

 

Schweinfurt

 

 

Stuttgart

 

 

Trier

 

France

Paris

 

 

Paris

 

 

Paris

 

 

Saint Omer

  

Great Britain

Cambridge

 

 

Edinburgh

 

 

Eton

 

 

London

 

 

London

 

 

London

 

 

Manchester

 

 

Oxford

 

Vatican City State

Vatican City

 

 

Vatican City

 

 Japan

Tokyo

 

 

Austria

Vienna

 

 Poland

Pelplin

 

 Portugal

Lisbon

  

Russia

Moscow

 

 

 

 

Moscow

 

 

 

 Switzerland

Cologny

 

Spain

Burgos

 

 

Seville

 

 USA

Austin/Texas

 

 

Cambridge/Mass.

 

 

New Haven/Conn.

 

 

New York/N.Y.

 

 

New York/N.Y.

 

 

New York/N.Y.

 

 

New York/N.Y.

 

 

Princeton/N.J.

 

 

San Marino/Calif.

 

 

Washington/D.C.



















































 

Bibliothèque municipale,

1 volume, paper

 

Kongelige Bibliotek,

1 volume, paper

 

Hofbibliothek

2 volumes, Paper

 

Staatsbibliothek. Prussian cultural property,

2 volumes, Parchment

 

Stadt- u. Universitätsbibliothek,

2 volumes, Paper

 

Hess. Landesbibliothek,

1 volume, Parchment

 

Niedersächsische Staats- und

Universitätsbibliothek,

2 volumes, Parchment

 

Library of the Gesamthochschule,

1 volume, Paper

 

Universitätsbibliothek,

4 Bd., Parchment

 

Gutenberg-Museum,

2 volumes, Paper

 

Gutenberg-Museum,

1 volume, Paper

 

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek,

2 volumes, Paper

 

Kirchengemeinde St. Marien,

1 volume, Paper (Fragment)

 

Library Otto Schäfer,

2 volumes, Paper  (Fragment)

 

Württemb. Landesbibliothek,

2 volumes, Paper

 

Mainz City Library,

1 volume, Paper

 

 Bibliothèque Mazarine,

2 volumes, Paper

 

Bibliothèque Nationale,

2 volumes, Paper

 

Bibliothèque Nationale,

4 Bd., Parchment

 

Bibliothèque communale, 1 volume, Paper

 

  

University Library,

2 volumes, Paper

 

National Library,

2 volumes, Paper

 

Eton College Library,

2 volumes, Paper

 

British Library,

2 volumes, Paper

 

British Library,

2 volumes, Parchment

 

Lambeth Palace Library,

1 volume, Parchment

 

John Rylands Library,

2 volumes, Paper

 

Bodleian Library,

2 volumes, Paper

  

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana,

1 volume, Paper

 

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana,

2 volumes, Parchment

   

Keio-University

(previously: Maruzen Company),

1 volume, Paper

  

Österreichische Nationalbibliothek,

2 volumes, Paper

  

Bischöfliches Priesterseminar,

2 volumes, Paper

  

Biblioteca Nacional,

2 volumes, Paper

  

Leipzig Copy

Location: Russian national library

(previously. Lenin-Library),

2 volumes, Parchment

 

Leipzig Copy

Location: Library of the

Lomonosow University,

2 volumes, Paper

  

Bibliotheca Bodmeriana,

2 volumes, Paper

  

Biblioteca Pública del Estado,

2 volumes, Paper

 

Biblioteca Universitaria y Provincial,

1 volume, Paper

  

Harry Ransom Humanities Center,

University of Texas, 2 volumes, Paper

 

Widener Library, Harvard Univ.,

2 volumes, Paper

 

Beinecke Library, Yale Univ.,

2 volumes, Paper

 

Pierpont Morgan Library,

2 volumes, Paper

 

Pierpont Morgan Library,

1 volume, Paper

 

Pierpont Morgan Library,

2 volumes, Parchment

 

Public Library,

2 volumes, Paper

 

John H. Scheide Library,

2 volumes, Paper

 

Huntington Library,

2 volumes, Parchment

 

Library of Congress,

3 volumes, Parchment