Gutenberg Bible extract found in French library

30th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

A library assistant, who made the chance discovery as she was searching the collection for something else, said finding this "human treasure" gave her the "fright of her life."

Colmar -- An extract from the Gutenberg Bible, believed to be the first book ever printed, has been found in a library in the eastern French city of Colmar, the director said Thursday.

A library assistant, who made the chance discovery as she was searching the collection for something else, said finding this "human treasure" gave her the "fright of her life."

A 16th century bookbinder had used the vellum paper extract as part of the binding for another book.

Experts confirmed the discovery by comparing the extract with a photocopy of the Gutenberg Bible, which was written with the same gothic font and printed by Johannes Gutenberg in Germany in the 15th century.

Only 50 of the Gutenberg Bibles exist, of which 12 were printed on vellum paper.

Colmar library, which has a rich supply of books taken from the region's churches and abbeys, is home to thousands of manuscripts and 2,200 printed books.

AFP/Expatica

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