On October 6, 1982, a 500-year-old Gutenberg Bible spent a night in the evidence locker at the University of California. There are 48 (possibly 49) copies of this rare book known to have been printed in Germany by the pioneer Johann Gutenberg around 1456. It is estimated that it is one of the earliest major works of European printing and that only about 180 of these Latin Bibles have ever been produced.
This particular leather-bound volume, which was found between captured small arms and marijuana in California in the 1980s, is known in elite circles as "number 45". Of the surviving copies, number 45 is considered a particularly fine example. It is printed on calfskin (parchment) and, even more rarely, retains the original binding. The famous Gutenberg ink stays shiny, the la...
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