With regard to radical revolutions in the democratization of knowledge, the Gutenberg Bible can be compared to the Internet. It was the first major Western publication to be printed using mobile metal types, an extraordinary technological and artistic feat that heralded the era of the printed book. This is a meticulous reprint of the edition preserved in the Göttingen Library (Germany), one of the very few original full copies in Latin on vellum paper (parchment) preserved in the world, included in the World Memory Register of the UNESCO.
Considered the most important invention of the second millennium, the Gutenberg Bible was published in Mainz, now Germany, in the 1450s, and was the first major Western publication to be printed using mobile metal types, which represented the beginning of a new era (the age of the printing press) in the distribution of knowledge with the mass production of books.
Before Gutenberg, in Asia, printing with mobile types was already used, a technique still to come to Europe, where all the books still had to be copied by hand, a long and laborious process. Gutenberg’s new technique not only made it possible to significantly accelerate production without sacrificing quality, but it irreversibly enriched public knowledge, pioneered mass communication and made it possible for people to access ideas and participate in discussions. like never before. When it comes to major revolutions in the media, the Gutenberg Bible can be compared to the Internet.
This meticulous reprint has been made from the copy kept in the Göttingen Library, one of the very few original copies in Latin on paper vellum (parchment) that survive, one of the most valuable books in the world included in the Registry of the Memory of the World of Unesco. This edition includes the 1,282 pages of this artistic and technological masterpiece as well as a notebook written by Stephan Füssel, head of the Gutenberg Chair at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, in which he analyzes the transformative influence of Gutenberg, as well as two important documents at the time: the Göttingen Manuscript, which was used to illustrate the edition of the Göttingen Library, and the only notarized act of Ulrich Helmasperger that is preserved as a testimony to the history of this unique invention and its product, the Bible of Gutenberg.
The two volumes of this work, considered the incunabula of the incunabula, are bound in hard cover, format 24.5 x 34 cm, 1,400 pages, with a supplementary book by Stephan Füssel. They are shipped in a special illustrated cardboard packaging box, with handle, format 30 x 35.5 x 11.5 cm.
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