3¢ Deep Blue GUTTENBERG BIBLE ISSUE
Rotary Press Printing
- Perf. 11 x 10 ½ Scott #1014 - 1952 Current Value = less than $1
Used stamps are worth less than 25 cents
Statistics and Facts
Issued: Washington DC - September 30th, 1952
First day cover
Plate Size: Sheets of 200 (4 panes of 50) on electric eye plates.
Pane of 50
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving
Watermark: USPS, single lined
Quantity Issued: 115,765,000
What you should look for
Look for blocks of four or six, MNH with the plate number as shown above.
Do not bother investing in graded stamps as they
only depreciate for this year.
The Inspiration for the Design
One of the last 48 copies of the Gutenberg Bible to survive
In 1454 or 1455 Johannes Gutenberg the first copies of the Bible were made avialable. This was the first printed document created by movable type, an invention that made possible the mass distribution of books and the beginning of the age of learning (the European Renaissance).
Here are some facts about the Gutenberg Bible
- 48 copies survive
-2 have rubrication (an experiment that was quickly abandoned)
- 9 still have their original 15thC covers
- The wide margins allowed space for illumination which was added by artists at the time, 30 of the 48 have decoration
- Early printers were impoverished, the invention increased the price of already scarce paper and sent it through the roof. 80% of the cost of 15thC books was the cost of paper. Some Gutenberg bibles were printed on vellum (12 of which survive).
- The bible was bound in two volumes, the vellum copies (due to the thickness of vellum) were bound in three or four volumes
- It was sold out within days and cost 30 florins (today about $60,000), the main clients were monastries.
- Only 21 of the surviving copies are complete
- It can be viewed at the Library of Congress
- The last complete copy to be sold was in 1978 for $2.2M, today individual leaves sell for $20,000 to $100,000 depending on condition. Today it is estimated if a complete
copy was sold it would fetch $15-$20M
Printing the Bible
Varieties to look for
There are no varities of #1014
The Essay's and Proofs
I have not been able to locate an essay or proof of #1014