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The Gutenberg Bible at the Ransom Center
On view is the Ransom Center's digitized copy of the Gutenberg Bible, one of only five complete examples in the United States, together with background on the history and legacy of Gutenberg's press.

CD-ROM Edition of the Gutenberg Bible
View and study all 1,282 individual pages of the Ransom Center's Gutenberg Bible. The CD-ROM edition incorporates high-resolution and enlargeable 'flattened' images of each page. The resolution permits easy viewing of such small details as the papermaker's hair embedded in the fibers of a page. This two-disk set may be used on both Windows and Macintosh computers with CD-ROM drives. Available for purchase at the Harry Ransom Center Online Store.

Gutenberg Digital
This site allows the viewing of the Göttingen Library's vellum copy of the Bible, along with the Model Book, which guided the illustration of their copy. In addition, they have also digitized and translated the "Helmasperger Notarial Instrument" that records Gutenberg's legal dispute with Johannes Fust.

Gutenberg Museum, Mainz
On view is a digitized copy of one of their Bibles, along with a fragment of the "Donatus," Gutenberg's printing of a popular Latin primer, and a letter of indulgence. This site gives extensive background information on Gutenberg, his press, and the city of Mainz.

British Library: Treasures in Full - The Gutenberg Bible
This site allows the side-by-side comparison of the British Library's vellum and paper copies of the Gutenberg Bible. In addition to the background information provided, a color analysis of the pigments used to illuminate their Bibles is available. Also on view is the British Library's digitized copy of the "Diamond Sutra," one of the earliest known examples of a block-printed book.

The Keio University Gutenberg Bible
This site provides digitized images from the university's copy and an extensive bibliography.

Bibliography

The Invention

Ing, Janet. Johann Gutenberg and His Bible: A Historical Study. New York: Typophiles, 1988.

Kapr, Albert. Johann Gutenberg: The Man and His Invention. Aldershot: Scolar Press; Brookfield, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 1996.

McMurtrie, Douglas. The Gutenberg Documents. New York: Oxford University Press, 1941.

Oram, Richard W. "The Gutenberg Bible at the Harry Ransom Center: A General Introduction." In The Gutenberg Bible
          at the Harry Ransom Center
. Austin: The University of Texas at Austin, 2004. CD-ROM.

Steinberg, S.H. Five Hundred Years of Printing. 1955. Rev. ed. London: British Library; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1996.

White, Eric Marshall. "The Gutenberg Bible at the Harry Ransom Center: Description and Analysis." In The Gutenberg Bible
          at the Harry Ransom Center
. Austin: The University of Texas at Austin, 2004. CD-ROM.

Books Before and After the Gutenberg Bible

Avrin, Leila. Scribes, Script and Books: The Book Arts from Antiquity to the Renaissance. Chicago: The American Library
          Association, 1991.

Chappell, Warren. A Short History of the Printed Word. 1972. 2nd ed. Rev. and updated by Robert Bringhurst. Vancouver, B.C.:
          Hartley and Marks Publishers Inc., 1990.

De Hamel, Christopher. A History of Illuminated Manuscripts. 1986. 2nd ed. London: Phaidon Press, 1994.

Diringer, David. The Book Before Printing: Ancient, Medieval and Oriental. 1953. Reprint, New York: Dover, 1982.

Eisenstein, Elizabeth L. The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe. London: Cambridge University Press, 1983.

Gaur, Albertine. A History of Writing. 1984. Rev. ed. New York: Cross River Press, 1992.

Steinberg, S.H. Five Hundred Years of Printing. 1955. Rev. ed. London: British Library; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1996.

Twyman, Michael. The British Library Guide to Printing: History and Techniques. London: The British Library, 1998.