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    Inscribed Copy of A Noble Fragment Being A Leaf of the Gutenberg Bible 1450-1455 With a Bibliographical Essay by A. Edward Newton. New York: Gabriel Wells, 1921. Minus the important fragment, portfolio only.

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    Inscribed Copy of A Noble Fragment Being A Leaf of the Gutenberg Bible 1450-1455 With a Bibliographical Essay by A. Edward Newton. New York: Gabriel Wells, 1921.

     

    In the 1920s a New York book dealer, Gabriel Wells, bought a damaged paper copy, dismantled the book and sold sections and individual leaves to book collectors and libraries. The leaves were sold in a portfolio case with an essay written by A. Edward Newton. Sadly, this copy is missing the Gutenberg bible fragment as issued, but does have an interesting inscription on the front free endpaper by A. Edward Newton which reads: "This was an/ interesting venture/ on the part of Gabriel/ Wells and myself . My/ little essay is the germ/ of a longer paper on the/ greatest book in the world/ A. Edward Newton". Affixed adjacent to the inscription are two blocks of stamps commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Gutenberg bible (1452-1952), one cancelled, the other not.

     

    The Newton essay has been cased in a quarter binding with titles stamped in gilt on the spine. The pages remain lovely but the front board has detached. Though lacking the important leaf, the present copy is still an important record.

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