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The Gutenberg Bible
[Bible, Latin Vulgate. Ca. 1455]. Biblia Latina. [Mainz: Johann Gutenberg,
ca. 1455]. Rare Books Division.

From the
Lenox Library

The first substantial printed book is this royal-folio two-volume Bible,
comprising nearly 1,300 pages, printed in Mainz on the central Rhine by
Johann Gutenberg (ca. 1390s-1468) in the 1450s. It was probably
completed between March 1455  and November of that year, when
Gutenberg's bankruptcy deprived him of his printing establishment and
the fruits of his achievements.

The Bible epitomizes Gutenberg's triumph, arguably the greatest
achievement of the second millennium. Forty-eight integral copies
survive, including eleven on vellum. Perhaps some 180 copies were
originally produced, including about 45 on vellum. The Lenox copy,
on paper, is the first Gutenberg Bible to come to the United States, in 1
847. Its arrival is the stuff of  romantic national folklore. James
Lenox's European agent issued Instructions for New York that the
officers at the Customs House were to remove their hats on seeing it:
the privilege of viewing a Gutenberg Bible is vouchsafed to few.

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