The Mellon Foundation has financed a five-year project to produce an on-line catalog the incunables held by the University Library in Cambridge. One of the focuses of the project was the individual markings, annotations, binding, evidence of use, of each of the early printed books. One example is their Gutenberg Bible which they have been able to see was used as copy for setting another Bible which is also in their collection. This YouTube video, provides an introduction to the exhibition, “Private lives of print”, celebrating the conclusion of the project. The exhibition lasts till 11 April 2015.

This associated video showing the University Library’s hand press in operation provides an excellent impression of 15th century letterpress printing.