Gutenberg Bible Display

November 22 | 10:00 - 18:00

Edinburgh All Ages Exhibition History

To mark Book Week Scotland 2018 and the 550th anniversary of the death of Johannes Gutenberg, one of the Library's most treasured items, our copy of the Gutenberg Bible is being shown publicly for one day only. Also known as 'The 42-line Bible', the Gutenberg Bible is one of the world's most famous books. It was completed around 1455 in Mainz, Germany by Johannes Gutenberg, known as the inventor of printing with moveable type in Europe, and Johannes Fust. 180 copies were originally produced, but only around 20 complete copies still survive today. The Library's copy is one of these, and you can see both volumes in this special display. Other precious 15th-century printed books from the Library's collections are also being shown, including a Book of Hours from 1493, a Breviary from 1489 and the first illustrated travel book dating from 1486.

Free (unticketed)

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Venue information

National Library of Scotland

George IV Bridge


Wheelchair access and accessible toilet.

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