British Library Treasures in full: Gutenberg Bible
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The copy on paper - the binding

The British Library's paper copy was bound in the early 19th century gold-tooled for George III. It was bound in the bindery of Buckingham House, now Buckingham Palace. It is covered in blue morocco, decorated with the tools which are reproduced as numbers 652, 680 and 694 in the unpublished 'Blocks, tools, rolls & pallets in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle. Ink impressions' (1940).

Detail of gold tooling made in Buckinham House
Detail of gold tooling made in Buckinham House

It is bound in two volumes, measuring 400 mm x 280 mm. The last book of the Bible in volume I is Psalms, the first in volume II is Proverbs.

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1. The copy on paper
2. The copy on vellum
3. The 42-line Bible 'Bagford Fragment'
4. Why compare the copies?
5. The digitisation
6. Analysis of the Illuminations Using Raman Microscopy
7. Copies elsewhere in the UK

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