1450. Mayence. Johannes Gutenberg has been working on creating a printing press for more than 2 years.
After a not entirely successful demonstration, he tries to persuade the wealthy banker, Johann Fust, to help finance his project.
Fust agrees and lends Gutenberg 800 florins, plus 300 florins per annum for general expenses. This is a considerable sum for the period. The 2 men become partners. Fust and Gutenberg’s choice of the first work to be printed is an astute one: Saint Jerome’s Latin version of the Bible. It enjoys an immediate and resounding success.