Bibles at Huntington Library
- 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.
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