The Mazarine Bible.

The first important specimen of printing was the celebrated Bible of 637 leaves, with large cut metal types, which was executed between Gutenberg and Fust. It is known by the number of its leaves to distinguish it more accurately from other editions without date. This Bible is an edition of the Latin Vulgate, and was executed between the years 1450 and 1455. It forms two volumes in folio, is printed in large Gothic or German character, and is a remarkable specimen of beautiful printing. A copy at Lord Ashburn­ham’s sale recently fetched £4,000. This particular edition is sometimes called the “forty-two line” Bible.

Taken from Gesta Typographica by Chas. Jacobi, 1897, page 29.

Joha Baptist Bodoni


John Bagford


The Stationers’ Company

Benjamin Franklin

The paper duty

The first book printed in Europe

The Stanhope Press

Laurence Coster or Laurent Janszoon Koster

John Baskerille


Joha Baptist Bodoni

The Mazarine Bible.

John Bagford

Printing was introduced into Scotland

William Caxton

The First Edition of the New Testament in Greek

Aldus Manutius

Italic Type


Wynkyn de Worde

Classical Names of Towns and Cities

The first almanack