You can view the British Library’s two copies of the Gutenberg Bible separately or you can compare them.
If you chose to see one copy at a time, you will get two pages on the screen, the way you would if you had the book open in front of you. But to read them you may have to enlarge the image by clicking on it or using the enlarge icon (see below).
The drop down list gives you the order of the books of the Bible. They are in the same order in the two copies. This enables you to go to the beginning of each book of the Bible. Some of the books have prefaces. They are only listed separately if they begin on a different page from the book itself.
You can also compare the text of the two copies, as they are slightly different both in terms of how they were produced and how they were decorated by their owners. To do this, select a book from the 'paper copy' drop-down on the right hand search form above, and choose [compare with paper copy] in the 'vellum copy' drop-down.
Finally you can also view the important fragment of a third copy of the Gutenberg Bible which was decorated in England close to the time the book was printed, and a fragment of a school book, by Donatus, printed with the same types as the Gutenberg Bible, and an indulgence where the same type also occurs.
Icons shown on the display page act as follows: