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Johann Gutenberg
Gutenberg Bible; First Edition, 1455: The Complete Book of Haggai.
1455. BIBLE. LATIN. (GUTENBERG BIBLE: BOOK OF HAGGAI). [Mainz: Johann Gutenberg and Johann Fust, 1455]. Royal folio (388 × 287 mm). Featuring the complete Book of Haggai and the opening column of the Book of Zechariah. Double columns, 42 lines. Handsomely rubricated in red and blue with a large chapter initial in blue, section title in red, chapter number with alternate red-blue elements, red capital strokes throughout the text and headlines of alternate red-blue lombards. We are pleased to offer a very special object a complete book from the Gutenberg Bible, one of the most valuable books in the world. Printed between 1450-55, the Gutenberg Bible was the first substantial European book printed with moveable type. This book derives from an incomplete copy that traces to Prince Karl Theodor von Pfalz-Sulzbach and the Court Library of Mannheim - subsequently held at the Royal Library of Munich - thence to Robert Curzon, 1810-1870, 14th Baron Zouche (from 1870) - Mary Cecil Curzon Frankland, 1877-1965, 17th Baroness Zouche (from 1917), sold via Sotheby s, 9 November 1920, lot 70 Frank Sabin Gabriel Wells, who divided the text into individual leaves with some complete Bible books, presented as Noble Fragments in 1921 - with the book at hand being donated to Gettsyburg Seminary the same year. Custom leather book box housing a black morocco binding gilt titled on upper cover (Stikeman), including A. Edward Newton s accompanying essay, A Noble Fragment, 1921. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Crawford Sterling Rare Books [Munford, AL, U.S.A.]
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