If you’re here, you probably can’t imagine life without myriad printed books, bound and neatly lined, shelf upon shelf. We have Johann Guttenberg and his invention of the printing press to thank. The bible was the first book in Europe to be mass produced. The first edition was printed in latin, in two columns, with each column containing 40 lines. Columns were left and right justified – there was no pagination, word spacing, indentations, or paragraph breaks. Color illuminations were hand drawn after print.
Needless to say, the Gutenberg Bible is the exception to the rule – it is highly valued amongst collectors. A complete first edition, for example, could be worth as much as 35 mil-lion dollars.
Click here to learn more about the Gutenberg Bible – as well as view pages of the two copies housed at the British Library.