November 14–17 and 20–21 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please join us in the Library’s fourth-floor Archives & Special Collections area.
See landmark editions in the translation of four English Bibles, all with unique craftsmanship and artistry. Through these volumes, we can trace the evolution of the current Bibles.
- Published in 1535, The Coverdale Bible was compiled by Myles Coverdale and was the first complete English Bible ever printed. Previously, the Old Testament or New Testament had always been translated separately.
- The Geneva Bible, published in 1560, was the first mechanically printed Bible made available to the general public. A unique feature is its fold-out maps. According to Dr. Donald Brake, author of A Visual History of the English Bible (Baker Books, 2008), our volume is the only one that he has ever seen with all its maps intact.
- Our Wycliff’s New Testament, 1731, is the first printed version of Wycliff’s 14th-century handwritten translation.
- The Tyndale Bible, published in 1871, is a facsimile of the original 1525 version.
For more information on our complete Historic Bible Collection, visit mbelibrary.org/hbc.