US 1952 Gutenberg Bible 3c. Scott. 1014

US 1952 Gutenberg Bible 3c. Scott. 1014

Series: Gutenberg Bible Issue

Stamp details: Gutenberg Showing Proof to the Elector of Mainz

Issued date: 30-09-1952 (dd/mm/yyyy)
Face value: 3c.

Emission: Commemorative
Watermark: No Watermark

Catalogue No:-
Scott (USA): 1014
Stanley Gibbons (UK): 1011
Michel (Germany): 633
Yvert et Tellier (France): 565

Dimensions (height x width):
25mm x 40mm

Printer: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Print Method: Rotary Press

Stamp Colors: Violet
Perforation: Perf 11 x 10

Themes: Printing press

Total print: 115,735,000 (estimate)

Description:- The Gutenberg was the earliest major book printed using mass-produced movable metal type in Europe. It marked the start of the "Gutenberg Revolution" and the age of printed books in the West. The book is valued and revered for its high aesthetic and artistic qualities as well as its historical significance. It is an edition of the Latin Vulgate printed in the 1450s by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz, in present-day Germany. Forty-nine copies (or substantial portions of copies) have survived. They are thought to be among the world's most valuable books, although no complete copy has been sold since 1978. In March 1455, the future Pope Pius II wrote that he had seen pages from the Gutenberg Bible displayed in Frankfurt to promote the edition, and that either 158 or 180 copies had been printed (he cited sources for both numbers).