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The Rare Book and Special Collection Division's Copy of the Gutenberg Bible

The Gutenberg Bible is the first great book printed in Western Europe from movable metal type. It marks a turning point in the art of bookmaking and in the transition from the Middle Ages to the modern world. Completed in Mainz, Germany, probably in late 1455, Johann Gutenberg is generally credited with inventing the process of uniform type. The Bible was purchased for the Library of Congress from Dr. Otto H. F. Vollbehr by an act of Congress in 1930.

Map of St. Augustine, Florida from the Jay I. Kislak Collection
This view of St. Augustine is the earliest engraving of any locality that is now in the United States. The English fleet lies at anchor, the infantry troops having disembarked and are attacking the Spanish settlement on May 28 and 29, 1586. To see more, visit the online exhibit of The Cultures and History of the Americas; the Jay I. Kislak Collection.

The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana The Alfred W. Stern Collection of Lincolniana
This extensive collection of Lincolniana is now available online from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

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  Thomas Jefferson Building
  Washington, D.C. 20540-4740

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The unique materials of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, now totaling over 800,000 items, include books, broadsides, pamphlets, theater playbills, prints, posters, photographs, and medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. At the center is Thomas Jefferson's book collection, which was sold to Congress in 1815.
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  December 5, 2012
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