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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Gutenberg Bible

A bargain missed

One day, a rare book collector met a man who told him he had just disposed of a Bible that had been printed by "Somebody named Guten-something."

Well, said the bibliophile, I hope you got a good price: a good Gutenberg Bible is worth millions.

Not this one, said the seller. "Someone named Martin Luther had scribbled notes all over it."

From Tad Bonham, The Treasury of Clean Jokes. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1981. With thanks to Edward Duyker.

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