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Anthony Tedeschi On the Gutenberg Bible

Anthony Tedeschi On the Gutenberg Bible

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  • Thu 9 Jun ’16, 6:00pm – 7:30pm


Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne St, Auckland CBD


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Auckland Libraries is proud to present a series of curatorial lectures from the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Join us in the Whare Wānanga on Level 2 of Central City Library for a lecture from Anthony Tedeschi, Curator Rare Books & Fine Printing at Alexander Turnbull Library, on ‘From Wine to Words: A History of the Gutenberg Bible’.

Few books are as iconic or have has as wide-reaching an impact on global culture as the Gutenberg Bible. Johann Gutenberg perfected the combination of the movable metal type, printing ink, and a wooden screw press to enable the production of a large number of identical copies of any given work. This led to the rapid dissemination of scholarship, and eventually to the literate mass culture we know today.

This lecture discusses the history of the Gutenberg Bible from the context surrounding its creation to its status after Gutenberg’s death, including some of the remarkable stories of ownership, theft and sales connected to several surviving copes.

Anthony Tedeschi was a Deputy Curator of Special Collections and then Curator of Rare Books at the University of Melbourne. Previously he was Rare Books Librarian at Dunedin City Library. Anthony holds a Master’s degree in Library Science, with a specialisation in rare books and manuscripts librarianship and a MA in English Literature.

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