The Gutenberg Bible has a long and prestigious, sometimes overlooked history. Starting with the first pages of moveable type printed in Mainz, Germany by Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg, to his nimbose legal woes with Johann Fust, feeding the Renaissance and facilitating the success of the Reformation, the Gutenberg Bible has left a legacy continued today by Gutenberg Publishers.
Just like the Gutenberg Bible, we have an esteemed history dating back to the early-to-mid 20th century and it has its twists and turns. Our Master Bookbinder, Edward Patrick Kranz, under the tutelage of Master Bookbinder Michael L. Chrisman, has learned the subtle and obscure nuances of Medieval to 19th century bookbinding that most modern bookbinders strive to achieve.
Michael L. Chrisman was a private student of world renowned book restorer Bernard C. Middleton; A Rare Book Conservator at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. (and one of a five member team selected to restore portions of the original President Thomas Jefferson collection; and a seven year member of the Executive Board at the Gutenberg Museum, German Bookbinding Museum.
Bernard C. Middleton apprenticed to William Matthews at the British Museum Bindery during World War II. He was a bookbinder and lecturer at the Royal College of Art in London, and the Manager of the preeminent Zaehnsdorf Bindery in London, until he left to start his own private book restoration business in 1953, along with his wife Dora.
We honor and continue the Middletonian method and philosophy in every 15th Century Gutenberg Bible facsimile that we lovingly create for our clients.