Gutenberg Publishers

Gutenberg Publishers ​Beautiful, true-to-life, hand-bound, 15th century period style Gutenberg Bible facsimiles based on the famous 42-line large paper edition of the Gutenberg Bible.

Masterfully printed and bound in historic Erie, Pennsylvania at Kranz Bookbinding. ​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,

Masterfully printed and bound in historic Erie, Pennsylvania at Kranz Bookbinding. ​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,

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Five new photographs our first set of 15th century period style Gutenberg Bibles in two volumes in the stunning Cathedra...
12/03/2021

Five new photographs our first set of 15th century period style Gutenberg Bibles in two volumes in the stunning Cathedral of St. Paul in downtown Erie, PA.

Here are a few more images from the Kranz Bookbinding photo shoot of our first set of 15th century period style Gutenber...
12/01/2021

Here are a few more images from the Kranz Bookbinding photo shoot of our first set of 15th century period style Gutenberg Bibles in two volumes.

A couple weeks ago, we had a wonderful opportunity to photograph our first set of 15th century period style Gutenberg Bi...
11/30/2021

A couple weeks ago, we had a wonderful opportunity to photograph our first set of 15th century period style Gutenberg Bibles in two volumes in the stunning Cathedral of St. Paul in downtown Erie, PA. This set is being packaged up this week and sent off to its new home in a private collection. It is a bittersweet occasion, but this photo session will commemorate this milestone and be featured on our Website upon launch on January 1st, 2022.

This is round one of the photo shoot images. We are saving the best for round two! Check back in a few days for those images.

The Cathedral of St. Paul is an Episcopal cathedral in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States. It is the seat of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania. St. Paul's Church was founded on St. Patrick's Day in 1827. The church became the cathedral for the Diocese of Erie on February 21, 1915.

The Cathedral of St. Paul is located at 134 W 7th St, Erie, PA 16501
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his set of 15th century period style Gutenberg Bibles in two volumes was hand-bound by Master Bookbinder Michael L. Chrisman at Kranz Bookbinding.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a fantastical day to the rest of the world!
11/25/2021

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a fantastical day to the rest of the world!

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a fantastical day to the rest of the world!

With the Gutenberg Publishers Website under development, it's time to start sewing the second set today!
11/17/2021

With the Gutenberg Publishers Website under development, it's time to start sewing the second set today!

With the Gutenberg Publishers Website under development, it's time to start sewing the second set today!

With the Gutenberg Publishers Website under development, it's time for the second set to be sewn at Kranz Bookbinding to...
11/16/2021

With the Gutenberg Publishers Website under development, it's time for the second set to be sewn at Kranz Bookbinding today.

With the Gutenberg Publishers Website under development, it's time for the second set to be sewn at Kranz Bookbinding today.

11/15/2021

Work has officially started on the official Gutenberg Publishers Website. The planned launch date is January 1st, 2022. If the Website is complete sooner, we may bump that date up to Christmas Day.

We will be offering a few different options in 15th century period style bindings for our Gutenberg Bible facsimiles. Th...
11/15/2021

We will be offering a few different options in 15th century period style bindings for our Gutenberg Bible facsimiles. The first is a quarter-bound leather with exposed boards. The ones pictured here were hand-bound by Michael L. Chrisman at Kranz Bookbinding,

We will be offering a few different options in 15th century period style bindings for our Gutenberg Bible facsimiles. The first is a quarter-bound leather with exposed boards. The ones pictured here were hand-bound by Michael L. Chrisman at Kranz Bookbinding,

The in-house photo session took place today. Lots of editing in Lightroom in my near future...a glimpse of what is to co...
11/15/2021

The in-house photo session took place today. Lots of editing in Lightroom in my near future...

a glimpse of what is to come...

The in-house photo session took place today. Lots of editing in Lightroom in my near future...

a glimpse of what is to come...

The first set of our Mid-15th century period style Gutenberg Bible facsimiles is now complete! This set was custom bound...
11/08/2021

The first set of our Mid-15th century period style Gutenberg Bible facsimiles is now complete! This set was custom bound for a client by Master Bookbinder Michael L. Chrisman at Kranz Bookbinding in Erie, PA.

Michael L. Chrisman released this image on his social media. "... Mid-15thC style binding. It's a beautiful full colour facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible...created to look old and slightly distressed."

Professional pictures of the finished work will be published here and on the Kranz Bookbinding social media in the coming weeks. There will be a studio session and we plan to photograph this Bible at Saint Peter Cathedral, Mother Church of the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania.

The first set of our Mid-15th century period style Gutenberg Bible facsimiles is now complete! This set was custom bound for a client by Master Bookbinder Michael L. Chrisman at Kranz Bookbinding in Erie, PA.

Michael L. Chrisman released this image on his social media. "... Mid-15thC style binding. It's a beautiful full colour facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible...created to look old and slightly distressed."

Professional pictures of the finished work will be published here and on the Kranz Bookbinding social media in the coming weeks. There will be a studio session and we plan to photograph this Bible at Saint Peter Cathedral, Mother Church of the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania.

11/01/2021

Quick update on the first set of our Gutenberg Bible 15th Century Style Facsimiles: One volume is 100% complete and the second is to be finished this coming Thursday.

These volumes are being hand-bound at Kranz Bookbinding by Master Bookbinder Michael L. Chrisman. The second set will be hand-bound by Master Bookbinder Edward Patrick Ezju Kranz starting mid-November!

Images of the finished set will be taken and posted mid-November and a photo shoot is being scheduled at St. Peter Cathedral, Mother Church of the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania. Those images will be released around Christmas time.

10/22/2021

As the first set of 15th century period style Gutenberg Bible facsimiles nears completion, the next set is getting ready to be bound. The second set will be full beautifully aged alum tawed pigskin! Work on the second set will commence the first week in November. Stay tuned for images.

Quick update: There has been quite a bit of work going on at Kranz Bookbinding with Michael L. Chrisman binding our firs...
10/20/2021

Quick update: There has been quite a bit of work going on at Kranz Bookbinding with Michael L. Chrisman binding our first set of 15th century period representational Gutenberg Bible facsimiles. The finishing touches will be worked this week and then a professional photo session with these beautiful half-bound leather exposed board (red oak) Bibles. We could not be more excited at this point! Stay tuned!

Quick update: There has been quite a bit of work going on at Kranz Bookbinding with Michael L. Chrisman binding our first set of 15th century period representational Gutenberg Bible facsimiles. The finishing touches will be worked this week and then a professional photo session with these beautiful half-bound leather exposed board (red oak) Bibles. We could not be more excited at this point! Stay tuned!

Gutenberg Facsimile Update:From Michael L. Chrisman"I'm tying-up Vol. I now, Vol. II after coffee & toast (with Plum jel...
10/11/2021

Gutenberg Facsimile Update:

From Michael L. Chrisman
"I'm tying-up Vol. I now, Vol. II after coffee & toast (with Plum jelly!).
In decades of tying-up folio's in alum-tawed pigskin; calf and vellum, I still get a lump in my throat when it turns out just the way I want it!"

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Endbands are being hand-sewn at Kranz Bookbinding by Michael L. Chrisman on our first two volume set of 15th century per...
10/04/2021

Endbands are being hand-sewn at Kranz Bookbinding by Michael L. Chrisman on our first two volume set of 15th century period Gutenberg Bible facsimiles.

The core of these endbands have a direct history with the 'Lost Gutenbergs.' The 12/3 natural linen made by Margaretta Larson of Sweden was hand spun (twisted) by Michael into cords to bind the 'Lost Gutenbergs.' We are excited to be including that little bit of Gutenberg history into our 42-line large paper copy facsimile editions!

The first set of our Gutenberg Bible facsimiles is getting closer to completion. Michael has lined the spine with leathe...
10/01/2021

The first set of our Gutenberg Bible facsimiles is getting closer to completion. Michael has lined the spine with leather and getting ready to sew the endbands. Soon the leather will cover 1/3 of the boards leaving a beautiful exposed wood finish. The final touch will be endpapers and done!

This past week ended with our first sold edition of our Gutenberg Bibles having its exposed Red Oak boards oiled and the...
09/25/2021

This past week ended with our first sold edition of our Gutenberg Bibles having its exposed Red Oak boards oiled and the rough tooling design sketched out where the leather will cover it. There will be subsequent applications of wood oil applied to further bring out the beautiful grain in these boards.. This is Vol I of a two volume set being traditionally hand-bound in period accurate style at Kranz Bookbinding !

Period accurate bindings take craftmanship to the next level. The Red Oak boards on my Gutenberg Bible facsimiles have t...
09/22/2021

Period accurate bindings take craftmanship to the next level. The Red Oak boards on my Gutenberg Bible facsimiles have to be fitted into the shoulders and the shoulders have to be constantly massaged into the boards for a perfect fit!

In these images, Michael is shaping the hinge profile of the boards with a wood rasp at Kranz Bookbinding!

You can also follow this project at Kranz Bookbinding.

𝄞 ♪ ♫ ♪ " Michael, row the boat ashore" ♪ ♫ ♪...um, wait, that isn't a boat...It's muslin cotton being glued-up on the s...
09/22/2021

𝄞 ♪ ♫ ♪ " Michael, row the boat ashore" ♪ ♫ ♪...um, wait, that isn't a boat...It's muslin cotton being glued-up on the spine of a Gutenberg Bible at Kranz Bookbinding! Nice!

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𝄞 ♪ ♫ ♪ " Michael, row the boat ashore" ♪ ♫ ♪...um, wait, that isn't a boat...It's muslin cotton being glued-up on the spine of a Gutenberg Bible at Kranz Bookbinding! Nice!

Kranz Bookbinding

I had mentioned sawn-in dovetailed kerfs in a previous post. What does that mean to a bookbinder? These images show Mich...
09/21/2021

I had mentioned sawn-in dovetailed kerfs in a previous post. What does that mean to a bookbinder? These images show Michael L. Chrisman setting h**p cords into the kerfs of Kranz Bookbinding & Gutenberg Publisher's first set of Gutenberg Bible facsimiles.

Getting the flax core ready for the hand-sewn endbands.Kranz Bookbinding
09/21/2021

Getting the flax core ready for the hand-sewn endbands.
Kranz Bookbinding

Getting the flax core ready for the hand-sewn endbands.
Kranz Bookbinding

Once the initial board fitting is complete, it is time to saw-in the dovetailed kerfs to receive the cords...shown here ...
09/21/2021

Once the initial board fitting is complete, it is time to saw-in the dovetailed kerfs to receive the cords...shown here with Master Bookbinder Michael L. Chrisman at Kranz Bookbinding.

Follow this project here and at Kranz Bookbinding.

This Sunday was not a day of rest. It was a Gutenberg Bible binding day! We accomplished a fair amount of work ranging f...
09/20/2021

This Sunday was not a day of rest. It was a Gutenberg Bible binding day! We accomplished a fair amount of work ranging from trimming down the Red Oak boards to fit in the lying press to custom fitting the boards to the first volume. The volume had already been rounded. The glue was loosened with heat and the shoulders were formed.

You can follow this project closely here or at Kranz Bookbinding. We are binding the first two volume facsimile set of the Gutenberg Bible at Kranz Bookbinding with Master Bookbinder Michael L. Chrisman

Great news! The oak boards for the first two sets of my Gutenberg Bible facsimiles has arrived! To follow this journey h...
09/16/2021

Great news! The oak boards for the first two sets of my Gutenberg Bible facsimiles has arrived! To follow this journey here and on my Kranz Bookbinding page!

09/06/2021

Have you ever looked at a book and noticed it had a beautiful colour or pattern, possibly marbled or sprinkled? That is what is known as edge decoration, and it is relatively new in terms of bookbinding. When I say relatively new, I mean it emerged around the 15th and 16th century. Why? Because books had become so numerous, libraries had to start standing books on end to conserve space. Sprinkled edges emerged in the 16th century and is still common today.

“Until the 16th century books were shelved in a variety of ways, the most common of which involved piling them horizontally with their fore-edge facing outwards.”

This video shows an example of a common and cost-effective method of book edge decoration called, the ‘sprinkle.’ Master Bookbinder Michael L. Chrisman is shown creating Sprinkled Edges on a set of Gutenberg Bible facsimiles at Kranz Bookbinding. This set is the first to be produced by Gutenberg Publishers.

In this case, the acrylic paint is added to a loose mixture of methylcellulose and then ‘sprinkled’ onto the edges of the Gutenberg Bibles. There are several different methods of sprinkling. In this case, we are using a clean glue brush and tapping against a backing hammer. In some moments, we are resting the backing hammer against the workbench to get a more solid flick of the brush bristles.

An interesting note, you may or may have not guessed or known already, when you first wet the brush and flick off the excess, the first several flicks will result in a heavy and larger sprinkle. As the brush becomes less full of pigment, you can rap it harder and get smaller sprinkles. This will create a more interesting and pleasing pattern of Edge Sprinkle.

Kranz Bookbinding and Gutenberg Publishers owned and operated by Edward Patrick Kranz and are located in historic Erie, Pennsylvania.

You can read more on Edge Decoration and Sprinkled Edges here:
https://www.adelaide.edu.au/.../cover-to.../edge-decoration/

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Period accurate edge decoration for our Gutenberg Publishers two volume set of Gutenberg Bible facsimile. Binding underw...
09/05/2021

Period accurate edge decoration for our Gutenberg Publishers two volume set of Gutenberg Bible facsimile. Binding underway at Kranz Bookbinding in historic Erie, Pennsylvania!

Great news! The alum tawed pigskin for the first two sets of Gutenberg Bible facsimiles has arrived at Kranz Bookbinding...
09/03/2021

Great news! The alum tawed pigskin for the first two sets of Gutenberg Bible facsimiles has arrived at Kranz Bookbinding direct from Franz Hoffman leather, Stuttgart, Germany! Where else would we get the worlds best leather!?

Michael L. Chrisman is helping us out at Gutenberg Publishers and Kranz Bookbinding getting air between all the sheets i...
08/31/2021

Michael L. Chrisman is helping us out at Gutenberg Publishers and Kranz Bookbinding getting air between all the sheets in preparation for a Double-Fan or AKA Lumbeck binding glue-up!

After this textblock is rounded and shouldered, it will receive sawn-in (kurf) h**p cords for added strength.

It is interesting to note, the sawn-in or kurf cords were not originally part of the Lumbeck binding. I am not sure when they became an integral part of the process.

Gutenberg Publishers & Kranz Bookbinding has been working in concert with Master Bookbinder, Michael L Chrisman, to bind...
08/29/2021

Gutenberg Publishers & Kranz Bookbinding has been working in concert with Master Bookbinder, Michael L Chrisman, to bind our first two volume set of 15th century, period accurate, Gutenberg Bible facsimiles.

Gutenberg Publishers & Kranz Bookbinding has been working in concert with Master Bookbinder, Michael L Chrisman, to bind our first two volume set of 15th century, period accurate, Gutenberg Bible facsimiles.

I am more than pleased to announce, Kranz Bookbinding has completed the printing quality check and the discrepant files ...
06/16/2021

I am more than pleased to announce, Kranz Bookbinding has completed the printing quality check and the discrepant files are officially at Biroscak Printing for the final print! I would like to personally thank Mr. Kranz's Bookbinder's Apprentice, Marcia Driver, for her patience and invaluable assistance as quality control on the printing process. Once the replacement prints are back later this week, we can start binding the first two sets of Gutenberg Publishers facsimiles!

The first two sets of our Gutenberg Bible facsimiles are still going through a rigorous quality control and validation p...
05/11/2021

The first two sets of our Gutenberg Bible facsimiles are still going through a rigorous quality control and validation process. We have discovered a few artifact remnants left over from the scan and clean up process as well as some physical defects from the print process. The quality check is working.

In the coming weeks, we will be making the necessary adjustments to the digital files and will be having all pages with defects reprinted.

Once all pages meet our stringent criteria, the binding process will commence!

We are committed to providing our clients with the finest Gutenberg Bible facsimiles available!

The first two full sets of our period accurate 15th Century Gutenberg Bible bindings are now at Kranz Book Bindery (Kran...
04/25/2021

The first two full sets of our period accurate 15th Century Gutenberg Bible bindings are now at Kranz Book Bindery (Kranz Bookbinding) and are going through a thorough quality control check starting Monday morning!

The first two full sets of our period accurate 15th Century Gutenberg Bible bindings are now at Kranz Book Bindery (Kranz Bookbinding) and are going through a thorough quality control check starting Monday morning!

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It's been a pleasure having Michael L. Chrisman here at Kranz Bookbinding these past several months. He's brought a wealth of knowledge to the table and I'm looking forward to working with him on the next set in Alum-Tawed Pigskin for Gutenberg Publishers!