With the publication of the Bible, a new era began in the world of print
The Gutenberg Bible is the first major book to be published in Europe. With its publication, a new era began in the world of printing in the Western world. The Bible was printed by Johannes Gutenberg using his newly invented printing press using a moving metal typewriter. With the rise of the printing press, new achievements were achieved in the world of communication.
The Bible is named after Johannes Gutenberg, who printed it. Gutenberg was a fifteenth-century German inventor.
Published in Latin, this Bible is also known as the 42-letter Bible because its pages were printed in two 42-letter columns.
Gutenberg was not good at printing. Instead, he mastered the work of metal, which proved to be very important for the publication of books using the moving type made of metal. When Gutenberg published the Bible in the mid-fifteenth century, it is believed that he had already spent twenty years developing his new printing press.
Gutenberg is believed to have printed 180 copies of the Bible, of which 49 (partial or complete) still exist in various countries of the world, such as Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Russia. One copy of the Bible he printed was worth an average of three years’ salary.
It took three to five years to print all 180 Bibles, and by 1456 all of them had been printed. This Gutenberg Bible, published in Latin, had a total of 1,286 pages. The entire printing process was done by hand. The Gutenberg Bible had a profound effect not only on the printing of books but also on future editions of the Bible. This became the pattern for later editions.
These Bibles are among the most valuable books in the world. A complete Gutenberg Bible was sold in 1978 for २२ 2.2 million. Today, a complete copy of the Gutenberg Bible is estimated to cost about three billion Nepali rupees.