James I – King of England

James VI and I (James Charles Stuart; 19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625) was King of Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the Scottish and English crowns on 24 March 1603 until his death in 1625. Continue reading

The Mainz Psalter Book Printed in Color

The Mainz Psalter book designed by Johannes Gutenberg, printer was the first book printed in color in Mainz, Germany. Continue reading

First Printed Complete Gutenberg Bible Survives

The first printed book in Europe to survive in its complete form was the Gutenberg Bible, also known as the Mazarin Bible (first copy part of Cardinal Mazarin of France’s library). Continue reading

The Bible Was the First Bestselling Book

The Bible has been in continuous print since Johannes Gutenberg’s first typeset edition in 1455. Continue reading

Bookplates Identify Book Owners

Bookplates labels were created to identify book owners in Germany following the invention of the printing press circa 1450, yet the first label found was undated. Continue reading

Title: Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad

Abu ‘Abd ar-Raḥmān al-Khalīl ibn Aḥmad ibn ‘Amr ibn Tammām al-Farāhīdī al-Azdī al-Yaḥmadī (Arab: أبو عبدالرحمن الخليل بن أحمد الفراهيدي‎; 718 – 786 CE), more commonly known as Al-Farahidi or simply Al-Khalīl, was one of the earliest Arab lexicographers and philologists. Continue reading

Poet Laureate Ben Jonson Granted a Pension

Poet laureate, playwright and lyrical poet, Ben Jonson was granted an annual pension by King James I in 1616 as payment for his literary services to the monarchy. Continue reading

Papal Indulgence Printed in Germany

A printed papal indulgence authorized by Pope Nicholas V was printed in 1454 at Mainz, Germany. Continue reading

German Religious Poem “World Judgement” Printed in Europe

A book printed in Europe contained a copy of a German religious poem ‘World Judgement’ on Johannes Gutenberg’s experimental printing press between 1444 to 1447 in Strassburg, Germany. Continue reading

Arabic Dictionary

The Arabic dictionary was called the Kitab al ayn (Book Beginning With the Letter Ayn), which was compiled by the Arab philologist Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi, in Basra, Iraq dating back circa 750. Continue reading