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Widely understood to be one of the single most important inventions in human history, the development of movable type by Johann Gutenberg in the 15th century made it possible to produce a large number of copies of a single work in a relatively short period of time. Utilizing their own copy (one of 48 remaining around the world) of Gutenberg's Bible, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin has created this informative site about both this amazing book and the printing process used to create this work. Most visitors will want to start by viewing selected passages from this remarkable book available here, among them excerpts from Genesis and the 23rd Psalm. One particularly engaging feature is the "Anatomy of a Page" section where visitors can learn about the different parts of the pages in the Gutenberg Bible, including the abbreviations made by the scribes, the illuminations, and rubrics added by the scribes indicating the conclusion of a given book within the Bible.

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