The Gutenberg Bible
It is the world’s first mechanically printed book available till the date. In the world of Kindle, PDFs and ePub, the book still holds the position of the world’s oldest available mechanically printed piece of literature. The copies of this precious artifact are still protected around the world, in different libraries and museums.
Printed in 1453
It was printed in Mainz, Germany c.1455 by Johann Henne zum Gensfleisch zur Laden, called zu Gutenberg (c. 1398–1468). (Source: Guinness World Records)
Entry in The Guinness World Records
The book has an entry in the Book of Guinness World Records as the “World’s Oldest Mechanically Printed Book”. This rarest of the available book has 49 copies survived till the date (out of 180 originally printed copies).
Lootings of the Artifact!
During the World War II 2 copies are said to be looted by the Soviet Red Army. At the end of WWII a “Trophy Brigades” organized by Soviet Red Army raided many museums and libraries for priceless artifacts. They took away 2 copies of the Gutenberg Bible during this seize.
Once a thief tried to steal it from Harvard University Library!
In 1969, a person Vido Aras tried to take away the book in cinestyle, like a typical Mission Impossible movie. But, failed, like a spoof. You can read more about this case here.
Later, the thief was cleared from the charges on the ground of mental illness. If you want to know more about matter, kindly, follow the case in above mentioned link.
Last Sold Copy in 1978
The last sale of the complete Gutenberg Bible took place in 1978. The book got sold for whopping $2.2 million. The artifacts with historical significance always get the decent amount of money, but, this is huge.
Where is it Now?
The copies are scattered throughout the world.
Germary has 14. United States has 10. The Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan have 3.
The whereabouts of remaining 22 copies is not available at this moment. If you’ve any clue about it, please join the conversation in the comments.
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