Gutenberg Bible Leaf 1 Samuel 20–22

Gutenberg Bible Leaf 1 Samuel 20–22

Collection ID

INC.000115

Type

Incunable

Date

ca. 1454

Geography

Mainz, (Germany)

Language

Latin

Medium

Printed on paper

Dimensions

14.4 × 11.9 × .43 in. (36.5 x 30.2 x 1.1 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on view


This is a page from the first edition of the Gutenberg Bible, the first printed edition of the Bible. The year of the first printing cannot be determined with certainty, but sometime in the middle of the 1450s Gutenberg produced a copy of the Latin Vulgate. The Gutenberg Bible is in two-columns of 42 lines and closely resembles a manuscript using typeset that mimics period handwriting with ornamentation added by hand. This page contains 1 Samuel 20–22 with two large initials in red ink. The upper corner contains a small notation of “141” in pencil, likely indicating that at one point this page was part of a full Gutenberg Bible and was folio number 141.

Printed around 1454 by Johannes Gutenberg, Mainz, Germany. Acquired by Jonathan Byrd’s Rare Books, Goodyear, Arizona; Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2012 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Museum of the Bible Publications:
Museum of the Bible, Museum of the Bible Curriculum: Acts through the Book of Revelation," vol. 4 (Museum of the Bible and Compedia Software & Hardware Ltd. 2016–2017), 112.

Description

This is a page from the first edition of the Gutenberg Bible, the first printed edition of the Bible. The year of the first printing cannot be determined with certainty, but sometime in the middle of the 1450s Gutenberg produced a copy of the Latin Vulgate. The Gutenberg Bible is in two-columns of 42 lines and closely resembles a manuscript using typeset that mimics period handwriting with ornamentation added by hand. This page contains 1 Samuel 20–22 with two large initials in red ink. The upper corner contains a small notation of “141” in pencil, likely indicating that at one point this page was part of a full Gutenberg Bible and was folio number 141.


Provenance

Printed around 1454 by Johannes Gutenberg, Mainz, Germany. Acquired by Jonathan Byrd’s Rare Books, Goodyear, Arizona; Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2012 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Museum of the Bible Publications:
Museum of the Bible, Museum of the Bible Curriculum: Acts through the Book of Revelation," vol. 4 (Museum of the Bible and Compedia Software & Hardware Ltd. 2016–2017), 112.


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