Gutenberg Bible napkins "Genesis"

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Product number: 9783934657427
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These unusual napkins, which quote the first page of the story of the Creation in the Gutenberg Bible, are a real eye-catcher on the dinner table. The final passage of the richly illuminated page describes the sixth day when God created man and gave him the fruits of the earth as his future source of nourishment. A fine accessory for any dinner party.

Gutenberg Bible napkins. Reproduced as a six-colour print. 20 napkins in a packet.

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