The Morgan Library & Museum is the only institution in the world to possess three copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the first substantial book printed from movable type in the West. Nearly fifty copies survive today in varying states of completeness from an edition of around 180 copies, of which perhaps two-thirds were printed on paper, one third on vellum. One Morgan copy is on vellum, and two are on paper.
All three display significant differences in composition, presswork, and
decoration, distinctive features revealing the technical problems Gutenberg
solved and the design decisions he made while this imposing two-volume work was in production. This is one of Morgan’s paper copies, illuminated by the so-called Fust Master, who worked on at least one other Gutenberg Bible as well as other early Mainz imprints.