First Printed Book in the World. (GUTENBERG BIBLE: BOOK OF HAGGAI). [Mainz: Johann Gutenberg and Johann Fust, 1455]. Royal folio (388 × 287 mm).
Featuring the complete Book of Haggai in a single leaf, together with the opening column of the Book of Zechariah. Handsomely rubricated in red and blue with a large chapter initial in blue, section title in red, chapter number with alternate red-blue elements, red capital strokes throughout the text and headlines of alternate red-blue lombards. It is our unique privilege to offer a complete book from the celebrated Gutenberg Bible, one of the most valuable books in the world. Printed between 1450-55, the Gutenberg Bible was the first substantial European book printed with moveable type.Provenance: This book derives from an incomplete copy that traces to Prince Karl Theodor von Pfalz-Sulzbach and the Court Library of Mannheim. It was subsequently held at the Royal Library of Munich.
Binding: Custom calfskin book box housing a black morocco binding gilt titled on upper cover (Stikeman), including A. Edward Newton's accompanying essay, A Noble Fragment, 1921.
Valuation: This listing is conservatively priced in reference to the current market value of a complete book from the Gutenberg Bible. It is the only available such example in the world.
For the serious collector, investor(s) or institution, this represents the most affordable option to secure a meaningful portion of the first printed book in history of mankind. We stock a wide range of early printed books and manuscripts, with special interest in the Bible in English.
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The seller is "collector1611" and is located in Birmingham, Alabama. This item can be shipped to United States.