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Gutenberg Bible Facsimile


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June 13, 2007 04:25 PM

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Many tourists come to the Guttenberg Library to view the facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible which is on display. It is one of a two-volume set of 310 facsimile sets printed at Leipzig, Germany in 1913 by the Insel-Verlag.  The printer reproduced an original set with modern printing methods. The set now at the library was on display in the Gutenberg print shop in Mainz, Germany during an air attack on Mainz on August 12, 1942.  As a result, the covers and some pages along the edges of the volume were damaged by fire and water.  However, it was decided not to rebind the book because its survival through the bombing was an important part of its history. The rare set was purchased by Charles Millham in the 1940s from the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany.  Mr. Millham, who was the former editor and publisher of the local newspaper The Guttenberg Press, loaned the Bible to the Guttenberg Library to put on display.  This arrangement has been continued by his son, Chuck Millham of Pullman, Washington.

Gutenberg Bible Facsimile

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