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The Complutensian Bible

One of the most famous early printed Bibles is known as the “Complutensian Polyglot,” a multi-language Bible published at the Complutense University in the early 1500s (the University is now the University of Madrid, but in the 15th and 16th centuries the university was located in Alcalá de Henares, which was called Complutum in Latin). …

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Seven Days, Seven Pages

Beginning on Monday, September 21, the day before Pope Francis begins his historic visit to the United States, Perry Special Collections will join other institutions which own a copy of the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible in turning a page a day for seven days. This simple act of displaying the same pages …

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Victorian Book(s) of the Month: Easter edition

In celebration of Easter, this month’s post highlights a few Bibles and Books of Common Prayer (the service book for the Church of England) found in our Victorian Collection. Can you imagine using one of these at church? Bible (Oxford University Press, 1855). With 288 woodcut illustrations. Victorian Collection 220.52 B47 1855 Book of Common …

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The Beauty of Devotional Literature

Bibles, psalm books, and other religious texts are on display in Special Collections’ latest small exhibit, “The Beauty of Devotional Literature.” Visit to see examples of illuminated manuscripts from the middle ages to the present, including a 16th century saint’s life, an 18th century Koran, and an illuminated broadside of Book of Mormon verses which …

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German Bibles

German translations of the Bible have been around since the Middle Ages. After Gutenberg printed a Latin Bible in Germany around 1465, vernacular Bibles in German quickly followed. A Bible in High German was issued by Johannes Mentelin in Strasbourg in 1466. Low German vernacular Bibles were issued in Cologne in 1478 and 1479. In …

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King James Bible exhibit closing soon

There are only a few more weeks to catch “The Life and Legacy of the King James Bible,” Special Collections’ current exhibit.  It will be taken down in early June to make room for a new exhibit on the American Civil War. Don’t miss the chance to see a first edition copy of the King …

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Miniature Bibles

What’s the smallest Bible at BYU? Well, it might be a microform version which is about 5 cm square. Over 1200 pages of text are reproduced on a single slide. But if you’re looking for a tiny Bible which might actually be legible without mechanical intervention, Special Collections has several miniature books which contain the …

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Polyglot Bibles

This week’s post highlights a different type of Bible found in Special Collections: the polyglot.  Polyglots present the text of the Bible in multiple languages, side-by-side on the page, in order to facilitate study and scholarship. Special Collections’ earliest example of a polyglot Bible is the “Genoa Psalter” of 1516.  This polyglot presents the text …

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Fine Press Editions of the King James Bible

As a monument of English culture, religion, and literature, the Bible has been a source of inspiration for book artists, typographers, illustrators, and book designers. Because of its size and the varied types of material in the Bible, it also presents artistic and technical challenges in printing and illustrating. Along with early editions of the …

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