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On this site you will find the British Library’s two copies of Johann Gutenberg’s Bible, the first real book to be printed using the technique of printing which Gutenberg invented in the 1450s.
Background Information

Background information

In the Background section you can find out about Gutenberg, how he produced the Bible and the texts he printed. There is also a section about the digitisation of the Bibles. Other web resources on Gutenberg appear in our Links section and further reading in References. You can also view a Timeline.

 
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The Texts

The texts

The Texts section allows you to view the digital versions of the two copies, and it also allows you to compare them, for they are slightly different.

You will find this site useful if you are interested in:

Inventions
Medieval devotion
The history of books and of reading
The history of printing and publishing
The history of technology
The history of the Bible
The history of types
The illumination of books
The life of Gutenberg
Or want to refresh your knowledge? We have created a Basics section to get you up to speed.
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