Jenifer Wightman is trying to get an addendum, adding scientific information to the account of the creation, into all 48 surviving Gutenberg Bibles. Pacific Standard has the story (sent via Literary Hub). Her blog recounts various “installations” of the addendum.

The addendum can be seen in this photo from Ms Wightman’s blog, in situ in the Cambridge University Library’s copy of Gutenberg’s Bible.

Here is a copy of the sheet from Ms Wightman’s site which you can click on and enlarge.


I’m not altogether clear why libraries are agreeing to this. If Gutenberg’s Bibles need to have this addition what about the millions of other Bibles lying around here and there?

The accounts lay stress on the use of letterpress printing and a version of Gutenberg’s Textura typeface, which is oddly just used in the red printing — the red letters in the original were hand written by scribes. I find it inexplicable that this sort of quest for quasi-authenticity should be accompanied by a casual decision to set the body text in an unattractive sans serif type.

Is this in fact just a bit of conceptual/performance art? See Ms. Wightman’s blog for the performance.