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Editio Princeps: A History of the Gutenberg Bible
By White, Eric        
Hardcover - German

The Gutenberg Bible is widely recognized as Europe's first printed book, a book that forever changed the world. However, despite its initial impact, fame was fleeting: for the better part of three centuries the Bible was virtually forgotten; only after two centuries of tenacious and contentious scholarship did it attain its iconic status as a monument of human invention. Editio princeps: A History of the Gutenberg Bible is the first book to tell the whole story of Europe's first printed edition, describing its creation at Mainz circa 1455, its impact on fifteenth-century life and religion, its fall into oblivion during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and its rediscovery and rise to worldwide fame during the centuries thereafter. This comprehensive study examines the forty-nine surviving Gutenberg Bibles, and fragments of at least fourteen others, in the chronological order in which they came to light. Combining close analysis of material clues within the Bibles themselves with fresh documentary discoveries, the book reconstructs the history of each copy in unprecedented depth, from its earliest known context through every change of ownership up to the present day. Along the way it introduces the colorful cast of proud possessors, crafty booksellers, observant travelers, and scholarly librarians who shaped our understanding of Europe's first printed book. Bringing the 'biographies' of all the Gutenberg Bibles together for the first time, this richly illustrated study contextualizes both the historic cultural impact of the editio princeps and its transformation into a world treasure.

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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
190940084X
EAN
9781909400849
Publication Date
13/12/2017
Pages
456
Dimension
30.48cm x 23.11cm x 3.30cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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White, Eric
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Eric White is an independent software consultant with over twenty years of experience building management information systems, accounting systems, and other types of rich-client and n-tier database applications. He has written custom controls in numerous windowing systems, including all versions of Microsoft Windows since 2.0, Macintosh, OS/2, X/Motif, and others. White has particular interest in object-oriented design methodologies, including use case analysis, UML, and design patterns. After years of working with too many varieties of technologies to list, he currently




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