New York: Pageant Books, 1961. Thick Folio. Item #021980
In two volumes. Limited to 1000 sets. The present set is number 18. This is the first Gutenberg facsimile ever printed in the United States. The reproduction derives from the Insel Verlag edition, which was based on the copy in the Konigslichen Bibliothek in Berlin and the copy in the Standischen Landesbibliothek in Fulda, considered by authorities to be the most beautifully illuminated of the extant copies. The colophon states that at the time of publication there were 47 copies known of the original editions to exist. The paper used in the present copy is 100 percent rag, the illuminated pages were by sheet fed gravure. The text was printed by lithography. A single leaf of the original Bible will sell at auction at $40,000 plus. It is estimated that the price of a complete copy of the Bible would command $25-35 million today. A handsome set bound by Alpha Bindery of New York(signed) in full maroon morocco, front boards decoratively stamped in blind, raised bands with compartments lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers with morocco turn-ins, all edges gilt, housed in heavy duty lined cloth slipcases. A fine set with no names or bookplates. (both volumes together weight nearly 46 pounds.