Art: The Final Metamorphosis

Gutenberg Bibles are rare as the printings of William Caxton, the first Englishman to set his language in movable type. Both are as common as telephone books compared to a handwritten Caxton manuscript. When the Englishman's 15th century translation of the first nine books of the Roman poet Ovid's Metamorphoses, a series of moralizing fables, was sold at auction in London's Sotheby's (TIME, July 8), the illustrated gem fetched $252,000—a record high for any book ever sold to the public. A New York dealer bought it, and the 272-page manuscript seemed destined to remain forever separate from...

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