The Bible at the Maughan Library

The King’s College London’s Maughan Library’s special collections exhibit on early modern translations of the Bible has been met with such success that it has been extended to 20 September.

Items on display include the second folio edition of the King James Bible (1613), a rare Low German Luther Bible (1578), the only recorded copy of the first edition of Genesis to be printed on North American soil (the so-called ‘Algonquin Genesis’ of 1655) and the first Bible to be printed in a language of the Indian sub-continent (the Tamil New Testament of 1715). Many exhibits are taken from the library of the linguistic scholar William Marsden (1754-1836), who assembled a matchless collection of printed Bibles from all over the world. We are delighted also to display a volume of the 21st century Saint John’s Bible, a masterpiece of contemporary fine printing and illumination, lent to the College by kind permission of the church of St Martin-in-the Fields.

The exhibition is a great follow-up to the Lambeth Palace exhibit celebrating the 400 years of the King James Bible. Although the Lambeth Palace exhibit ended mid-summer, the Maughan Library’s extended hours offer an ideal opportunity to catch up on anything missed!

A special feature of the exhibition is a free demonstration of Accordance, a software tool for Biblical scholarship. The demonstration model is available for visitors to try out during exhibition opening hours, Monday-Friday only. To find out more about Accordance please see the Accordance

The exhibition takes place in the Weston Room, Maughan Library & Information Services Centre, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR, and is open 09.30-17.00, Monday-Friday.

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