Gutenberg Bible (Inc.1.A.1.1[3761.1-2]) Making type (CUL Historical Printing Collection)

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Cambridge University Library
Cambridge, United Kingdom

The first Western European book to be printed using movable type was the Gutenberg Bible. Around 180 copies of this Latin Bible were produced by Johann Gutenberg and Johannes Fust in Mainz in 1454–5. Gutenberg’s technological innovations – the press itself, the metal type and the oil-based ink that adhered to it – revolutionised book production and were rapidly adopted by others across Europe.

Modern examples of the equipment required to produce printing type: a mould, a matrix and a punch.


  • Title: Gutenberg Bible (Inc.1.A.1.1[3761.1-2]) Making type (CUL Historical Printing Collection)
  • Date Created: ca. 1455
  • Location Created: Mainz
  • Physical Dimensions: [324, 319] leaves ; 391-415 mm. (fol.)
  • Rights: Cambridge University Library, Cambridge University Library
  • Medium: Paper
  • View the fully digitised item in Cambridge Digital Library using this link: https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/PR-INC-00001-A-00001-00001-03761/1

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