BIBLE, Latin. [Mainz: Johann Gutenberg and Johann Fust, 1455].
Royal 2o (388 x 280 mm). Single leaf: a leaf from the Book of Ezekial, containing verses 5-7. 42 lines, double column. Type: 1:140G. Three two-line Lombard initials supplied in red or blue, headlines and chapter numbers in alternating red and blue letters, capital strokes in red. (Slight darkening at edges.) Detached from and laid into: A Noble Fragment: Being a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, with a bibliographical essay by A. Edward Newton. New York: Gabriel Wells, 1921. Dark blue morocco by Stikeman and Co. (wear at ends of spine); publisher's board box (chipped, frayed at corners, splitting at one edge).
Provenance: Maria Elisabeth Augusta von Sulzbach (1721-1794, wife of Carl Theodore, Electoral Prince of the Palatinate, subsequently Electoral Prince of Bavaria) -- Mannheim, Hofbibliothek -- Munich, Royal Library (their duplicate sale, 1832, sold for 350 guilders) -- Robert Curzon, Baron Zouche (1810-1873, and by descent until sold) -- Sotheby's 9 November 1920, lot 70, to Joseph Sabin; sold by him to -- Gabriel Wells, who broke up the copy, dispersing it in single leaves, many of them accompanied by A. Edward Newton's essay, as here, and in larger fragments.
BMC I, 17 (IC. 55); BSB-Ink. B-408; CIBN B-361; DeRicci/Mayence 53 (=78); GW 4201; Paul Needham, "The Paper Supply of the Gutenberg Bible," Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, vol. 79, no. 3, 1985, Appendix B, Census of Copies, P18; Don Cleveland Norman, The 500th Anniversary Pictorial Census of the Gutenberg Bible, Chicago 1961, pp. 253-258; Pr 56; Goff B-526; H 3031*.