[Biblia, deutsch]

Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen-Nürnberg


In the year 1466, the first printed Bible in the German language came out in Strasbourg at the printing press of Johann Mentelin (d. 1478). This edition was conceived as a pure text-Bible, in which the addition of woodcuts was renounced. Mentelin chose as the master a text of the fourteenth century from the area of Nuremberg, which is lost today. As his printing type, he used a small round-Gothic script, which was pleasant to read and saved so much space that his German Bible contained only 427 sheets. Although the edition had a very low print run, even considering the times, there are still over 30 exemplars known. The Erlangen exemplar is considered a rarity because of its exceptional leather carving cover, even though these incunabula are not rare works as such. // Datum: 2017

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