Cambridge University puts Europe's oldest printed books online

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A treasure-trove of books that are more than 500 years old are to be catalogued online by the University of Cambridge.

The selection includes a 1455 copy of the Gutenberg Bible, the first book printed in Europe using movable metal type, and the first printed edition of Homer's works, from 1488.

Currently only a small selection of the university's 4,650-strong body of pre-1501 works are included in its online catalogue.

However, they will now all be catalogued thanks to a £300,000 donation from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.

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