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Items on view in Manifold Greatness are listed below. For additional resources on the topic, also see the Folger's finding aid of primary source materials related to the King James Bible.

 

Case 1 – “Martyrs and Heretics: Translating the Bible into English”

  • LOAN from The Ohio State University. Fragment from William Tyndale (d.1536) Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament Antwerp, 1530. Displayed Exodus 27.
  • William Tyndale (d.1536) The obedyence of a Chrysten man London, 1537? STC 24447.2; displayed fol. xi.
  • LOAN from the Christoph Keller, Jr. Memorial Library of the General Theological Seminary. Biblia the Byble: that is, the holy Scrypture of the Olde and New Testament, faythfully translated in to Englyshe Cologne?: Printed by E. Cervicornus and J. Soter, 1535. Displayed closed with facsimile of title page.
  • LOAN from Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. The Junius Manuscript, ca. 1000 CE or before. Bodleian MS Junius 11; displayed image of Adam and Eve.
  • LOAN from Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Wycliffite Old Testament manuscript. ca. 1380s–90s. Bodleian MS Bodl. 959; displayed f. 332r.

Wall After Case 1

  • Wall Panel: “Champions of the English Bible” with images from John Foxe (1516-1887). Actes and monuments. London: John Daye, 1570. STC 11226.
  • Vignette scene with stake for burning heretics. (Prop)

Case 2 – “Printing the Bible in English”

  • FACSIMILE from The National Archives, London. Letter from Cranmer to Cromwell commending Matthew’s Bible and requesting license to publish. August 4, 1537. SP 1/123.
  • FACSIMILE from New York Public Library. Proclamacion, ordeyned by the Kynges majestie, with the advice of his honorable counsayle for the Byble of the largest and greatest volume, to be had in every churche. London: Printed by Richard Grafton & Edward Whitchurch, 1541. STC 7793.
  • The Byble, which is all the holy Scripture: in whych are contayned the Olde and Newe Testament truly and purely translated into Englysh by Thomas Matthew. Antwerp: Printed by Matthew Crom for Richard Grafton and Edward Whitchurch, London, 1537. STC 2066; displayed fol. Lcxlvi.
  • The Byble in Englyshe, that is to saye the content of al the holy scrypture, both of ye olde, and newe testament, with a prologe therinto, made by the reuerende father in God, Thomas archbysshop of Cantorbury. London: Printed by Edward Whitchurch, 1540. STC 2070; displayed title page.

Vitrine Before Case 3 - "Comparing Bibles"

  • The Bible. Translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best translations in divers languages. London: Christopher Barker, 1586. STC 2145; displayed fol. 552v
  • The New Testament of Jesus Christ, translated faithfully into English, out of the authentical Latin, according to the best corrected copies of the same, diligently conferred with the Greeke and other editions in divers languages. Rheims: John Fogny, 1582. STC 2884; displayed p. 724.

Case 3 – “Bible and Crown: The Road to Hampton Court”

  • The. holie. Bible. [London: Rycharde Jugge], 1568. STC 2099 copy 3; displayed cover.
  • FACSIMILE from The National Archives, London. Matthew Parker. Manuscript list of the bishops working on the Bishops’ Bibleca. 1568. SP 12/48.
  • FACSIMILE from The National Archives, London. Letter from Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury to William Cecil, Lord Burghley. Lambeth, September 12, 1568. SP 12/47 folio 159.
  • FACSIMILE from National Portrait Gallery, London. John Payne (1607–47). Hugh Broughton. Line engraving, 1620. NPG D11084.
  • Hugh Broughton (1549–1612). An epistle to the learned nobilitie of England. Middleburgh: Richard Schilders, 1597. STC 3862a; displayed title page.

Wall Above Case 3

  • Wall Panel: “Queen and Court in the Bishops’ Bible” with images from The. holie. Bible. London: Rycharde Jugge, 1568. STC 2099 copy 3.

Case 4 – “King James and the Hampton Court Conference”

  • William Barlow (d.1613). The svmme and svbstance of the conference, which, it pleased his excellent Maiestie to haue with the lords, bishops, and other of his clergie, (at vvhich the most of the lordes of the councell were present) in his Maiesties priuy-chamber, at Hampton Court. Ianuary 14. 1603. London: John Windet for Mathew Law, 1604. STC 1456; displayed p. 45. 
  • Edward H. Fitchew. Wolsey’s Palace. Ink wash and pencil, ca. 1880–99. ART Box F546.5 no.1 (size S).
  • James I, King of England (1566–1625). The workes of the most high and mightie prince, James by the grace of God, King of Great Britaine, France and Ireland, defender of the faith, &c. London: Robert Barker and John Bill, 1616. STC 14344 copy 2; displayed title page.
  • University of Oxford. The answere of the vicechancelour, the doctors, both the proctors, and other, the heads of houses in the Universitie of Oxford. Oxford: Joseph Barnes, 1603. STC 19012 (Bd.w. STC 1458 copy 2); displayed p. 1 of first book.

Vitrine After Case 4 – “John Rainolds’ Biblia Sacra”

  • LOAN from Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. Biblia sacra, Hebraice, Graece, et Latine. Heidelberg: 1599. CZ.11.4 vol. 2; Displayed p. 606.

Case 5 – “Translating the King James Bible”

  • FACSIMILE from British Library Board. The list of translators. MS Harley 750 fol. 1r.
  • FACSIMILE from British Library Board.  The Rules for the Translators.MS Harley 750 fol. 1v.
  • LOAN from Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford.  John Bois’ manuscript notes of the proceedings. MS 312; Displayed f.61.
  • LOAN from His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Trustees of Lambeth Palace Library.   Manuscript Draft of the Pauline and Catholic Epistles. Early 17th century. MS 98.

Wall Above Case 5

  • FACSIMILE from Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford.  Portrait of John Rainolds (1549–1607).  Oil on panel, 17th century.

Vitrine After Case 5 – “Translators' Marks”

  • LOAN from The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. The holie Bible conteynyng the olde Testament and the newe. London, 1602.Bodleian Bib. Eng. 1602 b.1; displayed fol. 417v-418r.

Case 6 – “Printing the King James Bible”

  • John Selden (1584–1654). Table-talk. London: printed for E. Smith, 1689.  S2437; displayed p. 3.
  • FACSIMILE. The Holy Bible, conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: newly translated out of the originall tongues. London: Robert Barker, 1611. STC 2216; displayed Ruth 3:15.
  • FACSIMILE. The Holy Bible, conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: newly translated out of the originall tongues. London: Robert Barker, 1613. STC 2224 copy 1; displayed Ruth 3:15.
  • Hugh Broughton (1549–1612). A censure of the late translation for our churches. Middleburgh: Richard Schilders, 1611. STC 3847; displayed title page.
  • LOAN from Washington National Cathedral. The Holy Bible, conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: newly translated out of the originall tongues. London: Robert Barker, 1611. STC 2216; displayed front board and title page.
  • The Holy Bible, conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: newly translated out of the originall tongues. London: Robert Barker, 1611. STC 2216; displayed Adam and Eve from family tree.

Wall Between 6 and 7

  • Wall Panel: “Anatomy of the King James Title Page” with enlarged facsimile of The Holy Bible, conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: newly translated out of the originall tongues. London: Robert Barker, 1611. STC 2216; displayed title page.  Annotated image explaining iconography of title page.
  • Replica of Renaissance printing press with Wicked Bible typographical error set.  (Prop)

Case 7 – “Misprints and Misfortunes”

  • LOAN from the Bodleian Libraries University of Oxford.The Holy Bible, conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: newly translated out of the originall tongues. London: Robert Barker, 1631. Bodleian Bib. Eng. 1631; displayed Exodus 20.
  • FACSIMILE from The National Archives, London. Acts of the High Commission. Record of fines imposed on Robert Barker and Martin Lucas, the King’s Printers trial. October 10, 1633.
  • The Holy Bible, conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: newly translated out of the originall tongues. London: Robert Barker, 1613. STC 2224 copy 1; displayed Matthew 26:36 with enlarged facsimile of typographical error “Judas” set instead of “Jesus.”
  • Composing stick with Wicked Bible typographical error “Thou shalt commit adultery” set. (Prop)

Scene After Case 7 – “Listening to the King James Bible”

  • Computer with interactive “Read the Book” feature also available on Manifold Greatness website.
  • LOAN from The Lutheran Church of the Reformation.  Lectern and pew.
  • Nineteenth-century Bible. (Prop)

Scene Before Case 8 – “Reading Family Bibles”

  • Table with white tablecloth, two candlesticks, nineteenth-century Bible, and reading glasses. (Props)

Case 8 – “A Variety of Forms for a Variety of Readers”

  • Arthur Woolley. Part of the Holy Bible. Manuscript, late 1600s. V.a.529; displayed fol. 2 with facsimile of title page.
  • LOAN from Library of Congress. A Curious Hieroglyphic Bible, of, Select passages in the Old and New Testaments. Worcester, MA: Isaiah Thomas, 1788. BS560 1804 copy 1; displayed p. 6-7.
  • The Holy Bible: containing the Olde Testament and the New. London: Robert Barker, 1633. STC 2308; displayed closed.
  • The third part of the Bible, (after some diuision) containing fiue excellent bookes, most commodious for all Christians. London: Printed by Bonham Norton & John Bill, 1626. STC 2278 copy 1; displayed flyleaf inscription by Justinian Isham.
  • The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. London: Robert Barker, 1630. STC 2937; displayed dos-a-dos binding.
  • The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New. London: Charles Bill and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, 1701. 207- 237b; displayed closed.

Case 9 – “The Family Bible”

  • The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New. London: John Bill and Christopher Barker, 1676. 265076.1; displayed Rebekah Fisher inscription with enlarged facsimile of engraved clasp.
  • LOAN from Hannibal Hamlin. The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments Translated out of the Original Toungues. Boston: B.B. Mussey, 1841. Displayed Hamlin family records before New Testament.
  • The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New. London: Robert Barker and John Bill, 1630. STC 2290; displayed Hart family records before dedication.
  • The Holy Bible, conteyning the Old Testament and the New. London: Robert Barker, 1639. STC 2335; displayed Dewitt family records before New Testament.

Vitrine Before Case 10 – “George Washington’s Family Bible”

  • LOAN from George Washington National Masonic Memorial.The Self-Interpreting Bible: Containing the Sacred Text of the Old and New Testaments. New York: Printed by Hodge and Campbell, [1792]. Displayed Washington family records before New Testament.

Case 10 – “Shakespeare and the King James Bible: Debunking the Myth”

  • The Holy Bible, contayning the Old Testament and the New. London: Bonham Norton and John Bill, 1629. STC 2286; displayed Psalm 46 with enlarged facsimile of Psalm 46.
  • FACSIMILE from Widener Library, Harvard University. The Flaming Sword. Chicago: Guiding Star Publishing House. Vol. 13, November 18, 1898. Displayed cover.
  • Goldie Jr. Our Shakespeare wrote the Bible. London: Walter Jenn, 1929. Sh.misc. 770; displayed closed.
  • Compiled by Edgar C. Abbott. The Bible-Shakespeare Calendar. Boston, MA, 1916. Sh.Misc. 2102; displayed closed.
  • Rudyard Kipling. “Proofs of Holy Writ.” London: George Newnes, 1934. In The Strand magazine vol. 87, no. 520 (Apr. 1934). 265425; displayed p. 354-55.

Case 11 – “Sailing to America”

  • LOAN from Pilgrim Hall Museum. The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New London: Bonham Norton and John Bill, 1620. Displayed closed
  • LOAN from Library of Congress. The Holy Bible … Translated into the Indian Language. Cambridge, MA: Samuel Green and Marmaduke Johnson, 1663. BS345 .A2E4 1663 Bible Coll.; displayed title page.
  • LOAN from Library of Congress. The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments. Philadelphia: Robert Aitken, 1782. BS185.1782 .P5 Vol. 1, copy 1; displayed Congressional authorization page.
  • LOAN from National Park Service, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments. London: Oxford University Press. Displayed closed with enlarged facsimile of Frederick Douglass’ name embossed on cover.
  • LOAN from The American Bible Society. New Testament. King James Version. New York: American Bible Society, 1863. Displayed union soldier Thomas P. Meyer inscription.

Wall Between 10 and 11

  • Linen postcard. Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Studio of Radio Station WMBI. Chicago: Bible Institute Colportage Association, mid-20th century. (Prop)
  • Parlor radio. (Prop)

Case 12 – “Cross-Atlantic Echoes: English and American Literary Influences”

  • John Bunyan (1628–88). The pilgrim’s progress from this world, to that which is to come. London: Printed for Nath. Ponder, 1680. 207- 214q; displayed title page.
  • John Milton (1608–74). Paradise lost. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1692. M2150; displayed plate facing B1r.
  • LOAN from Library of Congress. William Blake (1757–1827). The marriage of Heaven and Hell. London, ca. 1794. PR4144 .M3 1794 Rosenwald Coll.; displayed Plate 10.
  • LOAN from Library of Congress. Herman Melville (1819–91). Moby Dick, or The whale, by Herman Melville. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1930. PS2384 .M6 1930 Vol. 1, copy 1; displayed p. 58-59.
  • LOAN from Library of Congress. Allen Ginsberg (1926–97). Howl, and Other Poems. San Francisco: City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1956. PS3513.I74 H6; displayed closed.

Case 13 – “Cultural Influences”

  • George Frideric Handel (1685–1759). Messiah: an oratorio in score as it was originally perform’d. London: Printed & sold by Preston, ca. 1807. M2000.H13 M8 Cage.
  • Photograph of Earthrise and Lunar horizon from Apollo 8. December, 1968. Public domain.
  • Photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. giving “I Have a Dream” speech. Washington, DC. August 28, 1963. Public domain.
  • LOAN from Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., “Graceland.” The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments Translated out of the Original Toungues. Rembrandt Edition. New York: Abradale Press, 1959?. Displayed closed.
  • FACSIMILE from Lee Mendelson Film Productions, Bill Melendez Productions, United Feature Syndicate (UFS) and the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, California. Charles M. Schulz (1922–2000). A Charlie Brown Christmas. Burlingame CA: 1965
  • DVD of The Book of Eli. Directed by Albert and Allen Hughes. Written by Gary Whitta. Warner Bros., 2010. (Prop)
  • R. Crumb (b. 1943). The Book of Genesis Illustrated. Illustrated by R. Crumb. New York: Norton & Co., 2009. (Prop)

Case 14 – “The Democracy of Bibles”

  • Twelve contemporary Bibles, various genres. (Props)



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