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Gutenberg Bible CD-ROM
Explore high-resolution images of the first book printed with movable type.
Johann Gutenberg's 42-line Bible is the first surviving book printed with movable type. It was completed in Mainz, Germany, around 1455 and each of the forty-nine surviving exemplars is unique.
Notable features of the two-volume Texas copy are copious indications of use dating from the 15th through the 17th centuries. These are found on over a third of its pages and include instructions on how and when passages were to be used in monastic services, marginal divisions of the text for reading aloud, lectionary marks, and textual corrections or insertions.
In addition, the first volume of the Texas copy of the Gutenberg Bible contains over forty beautifully illuminated large initial letters added by artists around the time it was printed.
It is now possible for those interested in the Bible, art history, and the history of the book to study all 1,282 individual pages of the Center's copy. This CD-ROM edition of the Ransom Center's Gutenberg Bible incorporates high-resolution and enlargeable 'flattened' images of each page.
This two-disk set may be used on both Windows and Macintosh computers with CD-ROM drives.
Two CD set
5.25" x 5.25"