The Gutenberg Bible: The First Mass-Produced Book

Johannes Gutenberg (1398–1468): Inventor of modern book-printing

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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6 comments on “The Gutenberg Bible: The First Mass-Produced Book

  1. I’ve got a Gutenberg Bible Genesis ultra journal and each day I love its design more and more. It’s not only its beauty, but moreover the legend and greatness it hides behind. Honestly, a true masterpiece. Thanks to the Paperblanks team for creating such a incredible collection of journals. Fabulous job. Greetings!

    • Thank you very much! We must give the credit of this amazing design to Gisela Maschmann, the artist who created the original illuminated page that inspired our Gutenberg series. And, of course, to Mr. Gutenberg himself for revolutionising the publishing world!

      Best regards,
      The Paperblanks® Team

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