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Gutenberg Bible


The Gutenberg Bible is one of the earliest mass-produced books in human history. Our Genesis cover design reproduces an illuminated page created by German artist Gisela Maschmann, which the artist has modelled after the beginning of the Book of Genesis in Gutenberg’s ecclesiastic masterwork.


In the 15th century Johannes Gutenberg, a German goldsmith, sought to replicate the beauty of hand-illuminated manuscripts through a mass manufacturing method. In the 1450s, he was able to achieve his goal by casting individual letters in large quantities so that they could be assembled and reassembled into printed text, a hugely important innovation known as the printing press.


With the printing press Gutenberg created “nova forma scribendi,” reproductions of works of great importance that were normally reserved for clergy and royalty. This led to the printing of his famous 42- line Bible. The Gutenberg Bible was a hybrid of mass production and artisanal touches – with the text printed in his newly invented movable type and the colourful chapter headings, initials and margins decorated by hand.


While only 49 copies of Gutenberg’s two-volume Latin Bible survive today, it continues to inspire artists and writers alike. Our Genesis cover design reproduces a hand-illuminated page by German artist Gisela Maschmann. She has modelled her miniature painting of the beginning of the book of Genesis on a volume of Gutenberg’s ecclesiastic masterwork housed in the Berlin State Library.


Thanks to Gutenberg’s invention in the 1450s, the face of printing was forever changed as it became possible to reproduce the work of scribes who for generations had to meticulously copy text by hand. From the first printing press in Mainz, Germany, the technology spread with remarkable speed and by 1470 there were 14 printing houses throughout Europe. This dissemination of art and culture to people throughout the continent was critical in moving Europe out of Medievalism and into the Renaissance. It is impossible to overstate the significance of Gutenberg’s printing press, as it is the key innovation allowing literacy to extend around the world.

100% recycled binder boards
Decorative printed cover paper
FSC-certified text paper
Threaded stitching and glue, as needed
Acid-free sustainable forest paper


  • At Paperblanks, we create products that inspire creativity, empower expression and celebrate special
    moments. A homage to art and culture, our line of journals and creative tools sparks the imagination by
    offering a connection to artists and cultural movements from all eras and regions.

    Cover Designs
    • Wide range of timeless cover art
    • World cultures and traditions represented
    • Historical background and credit information detailed in each 

    Unique Closures
    • Wrap, elastic and clasp closures offered
    • Selected to complement each cover design

    Well-Crafted Bindings
    • All books are Smyth sewn – the highest-quality binding available
    • Smyth sewn refers to a classic style of bookmaking in which the
    signatures are sewn together and further reinforced with adhesive
    and fabric backing.

    High-Quality Paper
    • Paper weights (gsm) vary depending on book format and can be
    found on every product page
    • All text paper is FSC-certified
    • Binder boards crafted from 100% recycled material

    • Hardcover journals have an accordion-style memento pouch
    • Flexi notebooks come with a curved back cover pocket

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