The printed word and exquisite illustrations combine to make the Gutenberg Bible the greatest celebrity in the history of book arts. Forty-nine copies of the two-volume Latin Bible are extant. In the 15th century Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz invented printing from movable, reproducible type, a development that transformed the face of printing and enabled the creation of the forty two-line Bible. Gutenberg’s invention made it possible to replicate the work of scribes who for generations had meticulously copied texts by hand.
After being printed, pages were embellished by artists who painted marvelous creations alongside the type, resulting in pages that seem almost to breath.
Gutenberg Bible Pages Re-Created On A Journal
Paperblanks has created a collection of journals with covers that reproduce facsimile versions of illuminated pages of the Gutenberg Bible. The facsimiles were created by Gisela Maschmann, who modeled her miniature paintings on a volume of Gutenberg’s ecclesiastic masterwork housed in Berliner Staatsbibliothek.
The collection is made up of two designs: Parabole and Genesis. Each design is available in the ultra and slim sizes.
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