Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Gutenberg Bible is Finally Printed

The Gutenberg Bible was completed on August 24, 1456.
August 24, 1456
While many believe that Johannes Gutenberg first work using moveable type was the Bible, it was probably the second or maybe even third. The Gutenberg press was in operation by 1450 and it is known that a German poem had been printed before the Bible. However, it is known that Gutenberg began the painstaking process of hand placing every letter for every page of the new Bible during that same year. It is believed that the 42-line Guttenberg Bible was completed on this day in 1456. About 180 copies of the book were printed, which seems rather small for a first edition.

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