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17 Incipit liber Apocalipsis
[Mainz, Printer of the 42-line Bible (Johann Gutenberg and Peter Schoeffer), ca. 1454-1455]
The Revelation of St. John the Divine comprises the last eight leaves of the first printed Bible and the first great work of printing. Available evidence indicates that the book was printed in whole or in part by Johann Gutenberg, the European inventor of printing. Commonly called the "Gutenberg Bible," it is sometimes referred to as the 42-line Bible because most pages contain this number of lines. Heinrich Cremer, the vicar of the Church of St. Stephen in Mainz, completed rubricating and binding a copy, now preserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, on August 15, 1456; thus we know that printing must have been completed well before this date. This copy, from the library of A. Edward Newton, has bound with it a bibliographical essay by Newton, printed under the direction of Bruce Rogers in 1921 for the bookdealer Gabriel Wells.
Gift of the Mary Flagler Cary Trust

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