Chapter and Verse: Bibles from the Holdings of Special Collections
January 12, 2015 – April 3, 2015
Department of Special Collections
976 Memorial Library
728 State Street
“Chapter and Verse” explores the close association of the Bible and related texts with print culture (and, more broadly, book culture). This exhibit, drawing upon the holdings of Special Collections, was meant to complement a touring exhibition, “Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible,” at the Chazen Museum of Art. Although the exhibition at the Chazen Museum has now closed, we invite you to continue your consideration of print and manuscript Bibles here in Special Collections.
On display in Special Collections are examples from the late medieval period through the 20th century showing the organization of religious texts and their ornamentation. Some of these books were intended for an elite readership; others, for a much larger audience. Small volumes or large, well equipped with erudition or simplified for beginning readers, in a variety of languages, typeset or rendered in manuscript, handsome or otherwise — the array invites re-examination of the familiar and canonical.
Shown here: Detail from a manuscript Bible, in very small script on vellum, written in the 13th century. Detail, showing multiple Bibles, from the frontispiece of Biblia sacra polyglotta: Complectentia textus originales, Hebraicum, cum Pentateucho Samaritano, Chaldaicum, Græcum..., 2 vols. (London, Printed by Thomas Roycroft, 1657). Title page of one of two editions of The Psalms of David in the Peter Pauper Press Collection (gift of James and Nancy Dast). All from the Department of Special Collections.