Among few libraries in Europe to hold a prized Gutenberg Bible in its collection, the Château de Chantilly Library is part of
a French estate that also includes one of France’s most important art galleries, the Musée Condé. The main part of the estate
(Grand Château) was built in 1528-1531, with an additional annex (Petit Château) constructed in 1560. The Grand Château was
destroyed during the French Revolution and was later rebuilt from the ground up between 1875 and 1881. The library of the
estate contains more than 1,300 manuscripts and 12,500 printed works, including the aforementioned Gutenberg Bible (one of
more than 700 incunabula, a term describing early printed books, typically before 1501,) and roughly 200 medieval
manuscripts. The library is often open to the public for guided tours.
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