(2 Oct 2021) The fragment is the second to be acquired by New Zealand. A single leaf is also held by the Alfred and Isabel Reed Collection in Dunedin Public Libraries. Both leaves are from the same original copy of the Gutenberg.
By statute, the Alexander Turnbull Library has a mandate to collect rare books. This acquisition was the first leaf that would be in national ownership.
The Gutenberg Bible was the earliest substantial book printed using mass-produced moveable metal type in Europe. It marked the start of the age of printed books in the West.
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