signed Full red morocco, signed "Alpha B.B. Co., New York." Blindstamped diamond-shaped decoration on front covers with the initials "J
1961 · New York:
by [ Gutenberg, Johann ].
New York: Pageant Books, 1961 Full red morocco, signed "Alpha B.B. Co., New York." Blindstamped diamond-shaped decoration on front covers with the initials "J.G." in the center. Spines lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. . Two volumes, large folio. Printed on all-rag paper, the text pages printed in lithography and the illuminated pages—about a hundred in number—in sheet-fed gravure. Back joint of Volume 2 rubbed. Otherwise a fine, clean copy in crimson cloth open-end slipcases. With the bookplate of noted Leonardo da Vinci collector Elmer Belt (1893-1980). A complete facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible. The reproduction derives from the Insel Verlag edition, which was based on the copy in the Königslichen Bibliothek in Berlin and the copy in the Standischen Landesbibliothek in Fulda, considered to be the most beautifully illuminated of the extant copies. The colophon states that at the time of publication there were 47 copies known to exist. According to the Gutenberg Museum, there are now 49 documented partial or complete copies of the Gutenberg Bible. (Inventory #: 16045)