Johannes Gutenberg printed 180 copies of his Bible in black ink, leaving space for initials and ornaments. The buyer did not purchase a finished book but the printed, unbound sheets and a regula rubricatorum, instructions on how to complete the Bible by hand. As the tastes and financial means of buyers greatly varied, as did the skill of the book illuminators and gilders commissioned with finishing the work, the illustrations and designs in the Gutenberg Bibles which have survived are very different. As templates for the illumination of our reproductions we chiefly use the embellishments contained in the copy owned by the State Library in Berlin, which is heralded as being exceptionally artistic.