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  • Jill Littlewood
    NEW EXHIBITION AT HUNTINGTON LIBRARY WILL EXPLORE HOW BIBLE HAS BEEN ADAPTED OVER TIME The remarkable impact of the Bible on Western society and culture, and
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      NEW EXHIBITION AT HUNTINGTON LIBRARY WILL EXPLORE HOW BIBLE HAS BEEN
      ADAPTED OVER TIME

      The remarkable impact of the Bible on Western society and culture, and
      the many ways it has been adapted to meet the needs of its readers from
      the Middle Ages to the present day, will be examined in a new
      exhibition organized by The Huntington Library. "The Bible and the
      People" opens Sept. 4 and continues through Jan. 5, 2005.

      The nine-room exhibition in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery is
      drawn almost entirely from The Huntington's rare book and manuscript
      collections, which include an extensive array of Bibles. Treasures on
      view will include a Gutenberg Bible (one of 12 surviving copies printed
      on vellum); the Ellesmere Psalter, a spectacularly decorated manuscript
      volume of the Psalms from the 14th century; and the Bay Psalm Book
      (1640), the first book printed in America.

      The story is told using illuminated manuscripts, rare first editions,
      and fine printings. It also draws upon salesmen's samples, movie
      stills, Bibles with annotations both handwritten and printed, Bibles
      lovingly preserved and Bibles well worn.

      A highlight of the exhibition is the 60-volume "Kitto Bible," on
      display in its entirety. This extra-illustrated 19th-century Bible was
      created by an obsessive London print dealer who took an ordinary Bible
      and turned it into a vast museum of prints and original art works all
      closely tied to the text. The exhibit will display dozens of the
      Kitto's more than 30,000 images, including prints and an original
      watercolor by William Blake.

      The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a
      collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars
      and the general public.

      For Huntington visitor information call (626) 405-2100 or visit online
      at www.huntington.org



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