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Biblia latina

Biblia Latina

Mainz, circa 1455
Inc.1.A.1.1[3761]

The first substantial work printed in Europe from moveable metal type, the so-called Gutenberg or 42-line Bible, produced in Mainz around 1455 by Johann Gutenberg, Johann Fust and Peter Schoeffer. The illustration is added by hand to the printed text. Fifty copies of this edition survive, not all of them complete. This copy is of special interest, as it contains marks showing that it was used as printer's copy for an edition produced at Strasbourg around 1469. Nothing else is known of its early history: it is in an eighteenth-century binding and was once in the library of the 7th Earl of Hopetoun (1860-1908).

From the collection of A.W. Young, given to the University Library in 1933.

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