Gutenberg Yearbook

Gutenberg Yearbook 2021

The Gutenberg Yearbook 2021 is the 96th volume and was edited, as it has been for many years, by Prof. Dr. Stephan Füssel. On a total of 356 pages, 15 different contributions provide an insight into book and print research from the 15th to the 19th century as well as incunabulum research. Of particular note is the article by Falk Eisermann. Under the title "New Publications on Incunabulum Research: The Year 2020", he provides a bibliographic list of all relevant publications on incunabulum research in 2020, which will be continued accordingly in the coming years. This list is not only a helpful working tool for researchers, but also shows how international and interdisciplinary this field has become. 

Another exciting reference to the present is the contribution by Jürgen Wilke under the title "'In the meantime, the deaths of the local Orthen are still going on...'. The Great London Plague of 1665/66 in the English and German Newspaper Press": It shows how the coverage of the Great London Plague of 1665 affected England and also the German-speaking world, and many parallels to the ongoing corona pandemic become visible. 

A special feature of the Gutenberg Yearbook is its design. The particularly refined dust jacket and the matching endpapers are striking, as both play typographically with different cuts of the MT Walbaum text font used. The Yearbook was designed by Prof. Ralf de Jong.


The Gutenberg Yearbook is the central scientific publication organ of international Gutenberg research. It was founded in 1926 by Aloys Ruppel on behalf of the Gutenberg Society and has been published by the Society ever since.

On each of the usually more than 400 pages of this very dignified work there are about 30 technical articles in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. The scientifically responsible editor of the yearbook is the director of the Institute for Book Science of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Prof. Dr. Stephan Füssel.

In addition to contributions on Gutenberg's life and work and the results of incunabula research, the yearbook's topics cover a wide range: the history of book printing from its beginnings to the present day, the history of paper, library history, the history of book trade and publishing, the history of type, modern typesetting and printing processes, developments in typography and new media, book illustration, book binding, newspaper and press work, literature reports on book printing and binding. In spite of all the scientific knowledge, care is taken to ensure that even the interested layman can read the book with pleasure and profit.

Digital copies of the Gutenberg Yearbook

The volumes 1926 to 2016 are available fully digitised and can be viewed via the DigiZeitschriften portal at the following link:

Members of the Gutenberg Society receive free access to the digitised Yearbooks. 



You can order the Gutenberg Yearbook with our order form (PDF). Please send us the filled out order form to our office.


When you are interested in writing an article, you can find our style sheet here. Please send us the manuscript in a digital format as a CD-ROM or E-Mail. The Deadline is the 30 September in the previous year. The Gutenberg Yearbook is published annually around the 24 June.


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stephan Füssel 
Institute of Book Science
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz  
D-55099 Mainz

Tel.: ++49 (0) 6131-392-2580 
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