The Gutenberg Bible in the 21st Century
The Ransom Center has commemorated the 550th anniversary of the printing of its rare copy of the Gutenberg Bible with the release of a CD-ROM edition of the two-volume icon. Acknowledged as a landmark in the history of printing, the Gutenberg Bible is the first surviving book printed with movable type.
The CD-ROM edition incorporates high-definition and enlargeable images of each of the Gutenberg Bible's 1,282 pages. The high quality and resolution allow easy viewing of such minute details as a strand of the papermaker's hair embedded in the fibers of a page.
The images in the CD-ROM edition resulted from a recent rescanning of the book and are of higher resolution than those found on the Center's Web site.
The two-disk set may be used on both Windows and Macintosh computers and retails from The University of Texas Press for $39.95.
Acquired by The University of Texas at Austin in 1978, the Bible is on permanent display in the Ransom Center lobby.