In the Beginning:The King James Bible, 1611

An exhibition marking the 400th anniversary of its first printing in on display through May 29, Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Level 3.

Title page from The Holy Bible printed in 1769
by the notable English typefounder and
printer John Baskerville. 


March 28-29, 2011

Exhibition - hours
Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Level 3

April 7, 2011

4 pm - Gallery Talk & Reception
Book Arts Gallery, Neilson, Level 3

This exhibition features approximately 40 manuscript and printed bibles, spanning nearly eight centuries. Guest curators Mark Morford, professor emeritus of classics at the University of Virginia, and Graham Christian, of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Studies, have selected highlights from the Mortimer Rare Book Room in order to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, first printed in England in 1611. Although our collection does not include a complete printing of the first edition, it does own two original leaves. The Mortimer Rare Book Room also contains many other significant versions of the bible, some with splendid bindings.

See the article about Morford in the Daily Hampshire Gazette (April 11, 2011).


Mortimer Rare Book Room,
Neilson Library
(413) 585-2906