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

Late 19th century

Cambridge University Library

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.

Samples of William Morris's Troy type, cast in the late 19th century, based on 15th-century gothic precursors.


  • Title: Gutenberg Bible (Inc.1.A.1.1[3761.1-2]) Printing type (CUL Historical Printing Collection)
  • Date Created: ca. 1455, Late 19th century
  • 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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