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[Biblia Latina] Isiah 63 1-2 to 65/22
A Leaf from the Gutenberg Bible-Isaiah 63[BIBLE IN LATIN]. [GUTENBERG, Johann]. A Noble Fragment. Being a Leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, 1450-1455. [Biblia Latina] [Isaiah 63 1-2 to 65/22]. [Mainz: Johann Gutenberg, Johann Fust, and Peter Schoeffer, 1455].Folio, (leaf 14 1/4 x 10 1/2 in., 360 x 268 mm). [1] leaf of text and two initial letters printed in red.Original watermarked (bulls-head) paper leaf from the Gutenberg Bible. Black gothic letter, forty-two lines, double columns. Rubricated in red, with headlines, chapter numbers in a contemporary hand.Housed in a custom red cloth clamshell with morocco label, lettered in gilt. Leaf sits in an attached mylar sleeve, viewable on both sides.This "greatest of all printed books," the Gutenberg Bible was the first book printed from movable type in the Western hemisphere (PMM). Only forty-eight copies of it are known, most of which are incomplete. This leaf was removed from the imperfect Mannheim-Zouch-Sabin copy after it was acquired by the New York bookseller Gabriel Wells. Wells broke up the copy in 1921 and offered the leaves separately, bound along with A. Edward Newton's eloquent essay.Every copy, leaf, or fragment of this Bible represents a rare tangible piece of cultural history, and an immense achievement in the art and craft of printing. "Its printers were competing in the market hitherto supplied by the producers of high-class manuscripts. The design of the book and the layout of the book were therefore based on the book-hand and manuscript design of the day, and a very high standard of press-work was requiredñand obtainedñto enable the new mechanical product to compete successfully with its hand-produced rivals. Standards were set in quality of paper and blackness of ink, in design and professional skill, which the printers of later generations have found difficult to maintain" (PMM).The text of the leaf is the Vulgate Latin text of Saint Jerome, and the leaf presented here is Isaiah 63 1-2 to 65/22. This story is centered around God showing mercy and forgiveness and deliverance to his people.Printing and the Mind of Man 1. Goff B-526B.HBS 67754.$75,000
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