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The Gutenberg Bible was recovered with only minor damage.Aras, on the other hand, suffered a fractured skull.In 1969, a man named Vido Aras hid in a bathroom in Harvard’s Widener Library until after the building had closed.He then slinked to the roof and used a rope to climb into the window of the room where the University kept its copy of the Gutenberg Bible.Its popularity signaled a global revolution for the written word.Books previously had to be laboriously copied by hand, yet only a half-century after the Gutenberg Bible became the world’s first printed bestseller, millions of different volumes were flying off presses across Europe.
Chief among the booty were two copies of the Gutenberg Bible, which were taken from the German Book and Script Museum and the University of Leipzig.
The Soviets denied any knowledge of the missing Bibles’ whereabouts until the 1980s, when it was revealed that they were being held in libraries in Moscow.
Since then, the German government has made several unsuccessful attempts to secure their return.
Metal movable type was later used in Korea to create the “Jikji,” a collection of Zen Buddhist teachings.
The Jikji was first published in 1377, some 75 years before Johannes Gutenberg began churning out his Bibles in Mainz, Germany.