Gutenberg Bible


The most famous and the first book printed from movable metal type.

The man credited with inventing the first practical printing method was Johannes Gutenberg. The fruit of his mind has been recognized as Germany’s greatest contribution to civilization, and every surviving copy of his masterpiece of typographic art - the so-called 42-line Gutenberg Bible - is worth a fortune.

The ‚Polish’ copy of the Gutenberg Bible from Pelplin is one of about 180 copies of the two-volume Bible printed by Gutenberg between 1452 and 1455. To date, 48 works by the Mainz master of „black art” have survived in the world, 36 of them on paper and 12 on parchment. Only 20 of them are complete.

The copy of which we present a facsimile is unique and unusual in the world to the extent that it contains the so-called „typesetter’s error”, i.e. a metal typeface printed on one of the pages which probably fell out of the printer’s hands.

The beautiful and elaborate facsimile binding is a faithful copy of the one made by Henry Coster of Lübeck in the 15th century.

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Facsimile specification

Dimensions: two volumes, each 315 x 430 x 115 mm
Number of cards: 640
Paper: 140 g/m2, specially coloured and fluffed to imitate handmade paper, with watermarks as in the original
Frame: oak boards covered with maroon leather, brass buttons, corner fittings and buckles mounted on leather straps
Limited edition: 198 copies
Accessories: wooden stylized box, notary certificate, artwork supplement, gloves