Gutenberg lived in a time of strong differences between guilds and patricians who disturbed the peace of the city. After his studies in the city of Erfurt left the city of Mainz, spending a few years in Strasbourg, an important commercial center of the time, ideal to develop a business and make money instead. In 1448 returns to Mainz, and installs a composition and printing workshop, which operated in the Getenberghof.
In Mainz, as stated, the earliest dated printed books. Printing began in 1452, and in October 1454, Enea Silvio Piccolomini (Pope Pius II rear) informed the Spanish Cardinal Juan de Carvajal in the Imperial Diet of Frankfurt parts of a Bible by an amazing man offered. Surely, it was the Gutenberg Bible as it was spoken of 158 and 180 copies, which could only refer to printed books. Three years had to pass before this great work were completed, showing that it was able to set up a book with the same perfection as a medieval copyist. To finance the printing, Gutenberg had to ask twice for a loan of 800 guilders a merchant of Mainz, Johannes Fust. This amount was very high, and as Gutenberg could not repay the money on time, your printing machine fell into the hands of the lender Fust, who along with his son Peter Schöffer, a former associate of Gutenberg, installed a printing press itself, which continued to exist through the heirs of Schöffer well into the sixteenth century.
In his later years Gutenberg was not without tragedy, war and fall of Mainz attached to it also the beginning of the expansion of typographic art throughout Europe. From 1465 he received an income of Archbishop Adolf of Nassau, the winner, which amounted to a public tribute. He died on February 3, 1468 in Mainz.
The Gutenberg Bible had to be set aside as little as possible from the usual image of the codex, so that the buyer would find unusual work. Therefore, the text can enroll in the tradition of manuscripts that were used in the area of Mainz. To achieve an adjustment of the text as balanced as possible and margin alignment, Gutenberg commissioned 290 types for the Bible, where they are admirable, especially the complicated connections between types or ligatures. No subsequent printing has never surpassed it in typographic quality. In virtually no invention is so great perfection from the very beginning.
Buyers of a Gutenberg Bible did not receive identical copies, because the volumes are embellished each time differently. Therefore, although the case of a printed work, each copy of the Bible is unique, with very few complete and original of this first incunable of history specimens.
This issue corresponds to the beautiful facsimile edition of the Spanish publishing Vicent Garcia in 1995 in limited and numbered edition on the original preserved in the Public Library in Burgos, Inc. 66 signature.
Johannes Gutenberg (Printer). Hometown: Mainz, year 1454. First printed book in the world. 2 large volumes facsimiles. Accompanied by book study in Spanish.
Facsimiles engraved on wood bound with iron skin. 31 x 41 cm format. 678 pages (Vol. I) and 634 (vol. II). Numbered by affidavit notarized, and signed by the printer-publisher. laid paper specially made with the same characteristics as that used by Gutenberg. It carries the same watermarks as the original.
Original in perfect condition.
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