We have subdivided Helmasperger's Notarial Instrument into 16 sections.

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The original manuscript of the 15th century has been transcribed and also translated into English.

At the most important passages of the document you can find a comment by Ferdinand Geldner, explaining the controversial opinions of Gutenberg and Fust.


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The Notarial Instrument in Gutenberg' s life


Source: F. Geldner, Das Helmaspergersche Notariatsinstrument in seiner Bedeutung für die Geschichte des ältesten Mainzer Buchdrucks, Stuttgart 1972