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Johannes Gutenberg died this date, 2/3/1468, at Mainz, Germany. Mainz is a few miles southwest of Frankfort on the Rhine River.  He is the man credited with inventing printing with movable type.  The first and most important project which used his new process was the printing of the Bible – commonly called The Gutenberg Bible. 

It is believed that only 158 Bibles were printed.  48 full copies are known to still exist along with numerous partial Bibles and/or single pages.  (One source says a single page sold in 1999 for $26,000.)  Bibles are said to be about 1282 pages in length and were, interestingly, printed on two kinds of pages: paper and vellum (calf’s skin).  Printing is thought to have begun around 1450 and concluded c. 1455. His press was a boon to the Reformation – allowing the dissemination of Reformers’ writings.

Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (his full name) is thought to have been born c. 1400 in the same town where he died.

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