The history of the Bible in France in the 15th and 16th centuries is simultaneously complicated and fascinating. Not many printed Bibles, in Latin or in French, were published in Paris until 1500.
The present Bible is a milestone in the French history of printing. It is the first “real” Bible in Latin printed in France. Earlier editions were vernacular variants of the Bible Historiale, a compilation that differs considerably from the original Bible. Our edition was printed by a group of German-speaking printers who had been summoned to the French capital to help establish a printing press at the Sorbonne. This book was modelled after the Fust and Schöffer Bible of 1462, which Gutenberg’s immediate successors printed in Mainz.
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