Bibles

An Illustrated History from Papyrus to Print

Christopher de Hamel

Bibles
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Christopher de Hamel

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

192 pages | 60 color plates | 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $19.00 ISBN: 9781851242986 Published May 2011 For sale in North America only

A unique visual history of the world’s best-selling book of all time, Bibles provides a rich snapshot of the biblical bookmaking tradition through images from fifty rare and important Bibles. As the captivating and colorful images collected here reveal, in many ways the history of the Bible mirrors the history of the book and publishing.

Presented chronologically, the Bibles provide a fascinating look into the book making techniques and characteristics of their time. From the fragile papyrus fragments of the ancient world to medieval illuminated manuscripts and glorious modern printed editions, each image is accompanied by a caption which explains its particular significance. In addition, each chapter includes a short introduction that contextualizes each book within its time period. Featuring many unusual examples—some of which have never been illustrated in print before—Bibles includes many of the great biblical texts of the Eastern and Western traditions, including the Magdalen Papyrus, the Laudian Acts, the Anglo-Saxon Exodus, St Margaret’s Gospel-book, the Douce Apocalypse, the Bible Moralisée (MS. Bodley 270b), the Kennicott Bible, the Guttenberg Bible, and the King James Bible.

Drawing exclusively from one of the finest collections of Bibles in the world, which is held at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, this book tells the remarkable story of the development of the Bible across media, language, and provenance.

Contents

Introduction

The Original Languages
Gospel Books and Uncials
Romanesque and Gothic
Medieval Translations
Ancient Translations
Since the Reformation

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