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Fun Facts From Church History: Gutenberg’s First Print Run Wasn’t The Bible

It was a series of Catholic ‘Indulgences’.*

*According to Read Mercer Schuchardt in ‘The Reformation as Media Event‘ in The People’s Book: The Reformation and the Bible, p. 95.

Written by Jim

13 Feb 2018 at 7:00 am

Posted in Church History

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  1. Dear Jim. you can check this in the Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke,, no. GW 06555 ; there is another quicker catalogue for incunabula, the Incunabula Short Iitle Catalog (ISTC), . The GW points to literature about this indulgence, Ing, Janet, ‘The Mainz Indulgences of 1454/5: a Review of Recent Scholarship’, The British Library Journal 9(1983) S. 14–31 [4.IV.2016]. — Hägele, Günter, ‘Neue Quellen zum Druck der 30-zeiligen Mainzer Ablassbriefe und zum Vertrieb des „Zypern-Ablasses“ im Erzbistum Köln und in den umliegenden Gebieten’. Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 2013, S. 54–62.

    Best wishes,




    14 Feb 2017 at 3:51 am

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