The Gutenburg Bible, folio I:45 verso, lines 18-26, showing three
                        states of lines 23a and 26a. See also "eieūiam" (Lilly
                        leaf, line 18b) and rubricator's error in Schwenke's facsimile (lines
                        24-25a). Top: Lilly Library "proof" sheet. Middle: Berlin Staatsbibliothek copy in Schwenke's facsimile reproduction. Bottom: Pierpont Morgan Library, copy PML 12 (by permission).

The First Twenty-five Years of Printing, 1455-1480: An Exhibition

[BIBLIA LATINA. Mainz: Johann Gutenberg, not after August 1456.]

Two cognate leaves (one sheet), one leaf printed on both sides, the other blank. The printed leaf trimmed on a bias; other variations in measurement possibly due to folding. Printed leaf: 398 mm. (binding edge) — 394 mm. (fore-edge) x 292 mm. (top edge) — 294 mm. (bottom edge). Blank leaf: 399 mm. (binding edge) — 400 mm. (fore-edge) x 295 mm. (both edges). The fold is pierced 11 times for sewing; at present, a double length of binder's thread accounts for and passes through three of the holes and is tied inside the fold. Traces of other paper on the printed leaf indicate that a large label was once tipped to it. Both leaves stained along the binding edge; a small ink blot and two chance strokes of a rubricator's brush on the verso of the printed leaf. A small oval paper fault appears in the fore margin of the printed leaf. Entirely unrubricated. (See illustration.)

Lilly Library call number: BS 75 1454a vault

The Gutenburg Bible, folio I:45 verso, lines 18-26, showing three states of lines 23a and 26a. See also "eieūiam" (Lilly leaf, line 18b) and rubricator's error in Schwenke's facsimile (lines 24-25a). Top: Lilly Library "proof" sheet. Middle: Berlin Staatsbibliothek copy in Schwenke's facsimile reproduction. Bottom: Pierpont Morgan Library, copy PML 12 (by permission).

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