World's first four printed Bibles
The rare books -- the Gutenberg Bible, the Mentelin Bible, the 36-Line Bible and the 1462 Bible -- are owned by Scheide, who houses the collection in the Scheide Library at Firestone. He is only the third private collector to own all four Bibles, following King George III and the second Earl Spencer, the great-great-great-grandfather of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
A passionate bibliophile and musicologist, Scheide has built on a remarkable book collection begun after the Civil War by his grandfather and continued by his father. He acquired the collection's most recent Bible, the Mentelin, last year. The Scheide Library is the only collection in the United States, and one of only six in the world, to include all four of these Bibles. The other owners are public libraries in Europe.
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