Reproduction of Original Gutenberg Printing Press
This is a reproduction of the Gutenberg Printing Press that is in the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. You might wonder why this printing press is on display in the Creation Museum. The Gutenberg Press was used to print the Gutenberg Bible, and is part of the exhibit showing the history of the Bible. The Gutenberg Bible is the first major book printed using mass-produced movable metal type in Europe. It marked the start of the "Gutenberg Revolution" and the age of the printed book in the West.
Widely praised for its high aesthetic and artistic qualities, the Gutenberg Bible was printed by Johannes Gutenberg in the 1450s in present-day Mainz, Germany. Since its publication, 49 copies have survived, and they are considered among the most valuable books in the world even though no complete copy has been sold since 1978.
The Bible was not Gutenberg's first work, but was arguably his most important work. It is not known exactly how long the Bible took to print. Preparation of the Bible probably began soon after 1450, and the first finished copies were available in 1454 or 1455.