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Archives and Special Collections: Bibles and Liturgical Texts

Archives and Special Collections is a repository for materials contained in a variety of formats: books, manuscripts, correspondence, journals, photographs, posters, maps, original drawings, theatre programs, archival documents, and other materials.

Bibles and Liturgical Texts

Archives and Special Collections is home to an exceptional collection of Bibles and Christian liturgical texts. Styles range from the simplicity of Sacred Scripture in modern-day English prose to a twelve-language polyglot Bible overseen by a 16th-century German Hebrew scholar. Some texts include exegeses, glosses and indices.

Appearing in the same collection are Catholic and Protestant liturgical texts, presenting hymns, prayers and ceremonials for the clergy and faithful to follow.

Taken together, the collection covers nearly four and a half centuries of printing, from the very early 16th to the late 20th centuries. There are such varied languages besides English as Dutch, French, German and Latin. One encounters many font types, from modern-day Roman letters to elegant German Fraktur type and italicized Romantic scripts. Certain texts have been rebound, while others retain their original bindings. The smallest item of 11.5 mm is dwarfed by 37.5-mm folios.

All are available for exhibition and for consultation: by appointment.

List of Bibles and Liturgical Texts

Beckmann, Josef Hermann et al. Picture Bible of the Late Middle Ages: M.334 from the University Library Freiburg im Breisgau and M.719-720 from the Pierpont Morgan Library New York. Konstanz-Bodensee: Jan Thorbecke Verlag.

Bible. Dutch. 1671. Biblia, dat is De gansche H. Schrifture vervattende all de Canonych Boeken des Oude en Nieuwe Testaments. Gorinchem [Netherlands]: Helmich en Johannis van Cappel.

Bible. Dutch. 1736. Biblia, dat is De gansche H. Schrifture vervattende alle de Canonijcke Boeken des Ouden en des Nieuwen Testaments. Dordrecht [Holland]: Pieter en Jakob Keur.

Bible. English. 1573. The holie Byble. London: in Powles Churchyarde by Richard Lugge; also contains The Whole Booke of Psalmes, Collected into Englishe Metre by Thom[as] Sternh[old], John Hopkins and others. London: John Daye, dwelling over Aldersgate.

Bible. English. 1782. The Aitken Bible: An Original Leaf with an Introduction by Edgar J. Goodspeed. Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1949.

Bible. English. 1802. The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated out of the original tongues, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised, by His Majesty's Special Command. Edinburgh: D.H. Blair and J. Bruce.

Bible. English. 1837. The English Version of the Polyglott Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments. Baltimore: Armstrong and Berry.

Bible. English. 1845. The Cottage Bible, and Family Expositor; containing the Old and New Testaments. 2 Vols. Hartford: Case, Tiffany & Burnham.

Bible. English. 1893. The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated out of the Original Tongues; and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. New York: American Bible Society.

Bible. English. 1963. The Holy Bible: The Authorized or King James Version of 1611 now reprinted with the Apocrypha. In three volumes with reproductions of 105 of the sixteenth-century woodcuts of Bernard Salomon. 3 Vols. London: The Nonesuch Press.

Bible. French. 1836. La Sainte Bible, qui contient Le Vieux et Le Nouveau Testament... revue et corrigée avec soin d'après les textes hebreu et grec. New-York: La Société Biblique Americaine, par Daniel Fanshaw.

Bible. French. 1838. La Sainte Bible: traduction de M. de Genoude. Nouvelle Edition publiée sous les auspices du clergé de France. 3 Vols. Paris: Pourrat Frères, Rue des Petits-Augustins.

Bible. German. 1740. Biblia Pentapla, Das ist: Die Bücher der Heiligen Schrift des Alten und Neuen Testaments / Fünffacher Deutscher Verdolmetschung. Vol. I. Gottorff [Schleswig, Schleswig-Holstein]: Hermann Henrich Holle.

Bible. German. 1911. Textbibel des Alten und Neuen Testaments. Emil Kautzsch ed. Carl Weizsäcker trans. of New Testament. Tübingen [Baden-Württemburg]: Verlag von J.C.B. Mohr [Paul Siebeck].

Bible. Hebrew. 1839. Biblia Hebraica secundum editions Io. Athiae, Ioannis Leusden, Io. Simonis Aliorumque in primis Everardi van der Hooght. Recensuit Augustus Hahn. Lipsiae [Leipzig, Saxony]: Sumtibus et Typis Caroli Tauchnitii.

Bible. Old Testament. Commentaries. Latin. 1672. Biblia Testam[entis] Veteris illustrata. Vols. I & II. Abraham Calovius ed. Francofurti ad Moenum [Frankfurt-am-Main]: Typis & Sumptibus Balthasaris Christophori Wustii [der Ältere], 1672, 1676 [2 vols.].

Bible. Old Testament. Ecclesiastes. English. 1902. Ecclesiastes; or, the Preacher, and the Song of Solomon. London: Ballantyne Press.

Bible. Old Testament. Ecclesiastes. English. 1935. The Song Of Songs Which Is Solomon's: Illustrated and Illuminated by Valenti Angelo for the Members of the Heritage Club. New York: Heritage Press.

Bible. New Testament. English. 1961. The New English Bible. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bible. New Testament. Greek. 1851. Novum Testamentum. Oxford: e Typographeo Academico.

Bible. New Testament. Latin. 1842. Novum Testamentum ad Exemplar Millianum... Studio et Labore Gulielmi Greenfield. Philadelphiæ: Sumptibus Perkins et Purves.

Bible. New Testament. Malay. 1820. Novum Testamentum Malaïce. translated by Melchior Leydekker and Pieter van der Vorm. Johannes Willmet ed. Harlemi: Typis Johannis Enschedé et Filiorum.
       ¤ Written in Jawi (an Arabic alphabet used for writing Malay).

Bible. New Testament. Polyglot. Gospels and Acts. 1599. Novum Testament Domini Nostri Iesu Christi. Syriacè, Ebraicè, Græcè, Latinè, Germanicè, Bohemicè, Italicè, Hispanicè, Gallicè, Anglicè, Danicè, Polonicè. Primus Tonus. Noribergæ [Nuremberg]: Studio & Labore Eliæ Hutteri, Germani.

Braunschweigische Evangelisch-Lutherische Landeskirche. 1709. Erneuerte Kirchen-Ordnung unser von Gottes Gnades Anton Ulrichs Herzogen zu Brauschweig und Lüneburg. Braunschweig [Brunswick, Lower Saxony]: Johann Georg Zilligern.

Bünting, Heinrich. German. 1718. M. Heinrich Büntings Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae, oder die Reise-Büch Uber die gantze Heil. Schrift. Magdeburg [Saxony-Anhalt]: Johann Daniel Müller.

Catholic Church. Breviary. Latin. 1573. Breviarium Romanum, Ex decreto Sacrosancto Concilii Tridentini restitutum. Pars Æstiualis. Parisiis: Apud Iacobum Keruer.

Catholic Church. Liturgy and Ritual. Ceremonial. Latin. 1824. Cæremoniale Episcoporum Benedicti Papæ XIV. Romæ: Ex typographia de Romanis.

Catholic Church. Liturgy and Ritual. Latin. 1961. Missa Votiva in die professionis religiosorum. Romæ: Vicariatu Civitatis Vaticanae.

Catholic Church. Liturgy and Ritual. Missal. Latin. 1956. Missale Romanum: ex decreto SS. Concilii Tridentini restitutum Summorum Pontificum cura recognitum. Ratisbon [Regensburg, Bavaria]: Pustet.

Catholic Church. Liturgy and Ritual. Missal. Latin. 1964. Missale Romanum: ex decreto sacrosancti Concilii Tridentini restitutum. Novi Eboraci [New York]: Benziger Brothers.

Catholic Church. Liturgy and Ritual. Latin. 1760. Officium in Epiphania Domini, et per totam octavam. Antverpiæ [Antwerp]: Ex Architypographia Plantiniana.

Episcopal Church. Hymnal. English. 1877. Hymnal: According to the Use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Revised Edition. New York: Pott, Young, & Co., Cooper Union, Fourth Avenue.

Flacius Illyricus, Matthias. Latin. 1719. Clavis Scripturæ Sacræ, seu De Sermone Sacrarum Literarum, in Duas Partes Divisæ. Francofurti et Lipsiæ [Frankfurt and Leipzig]: Impensis Hieronymi Christiani Pauli, Bibliopolæ Hasniensis.

Freylinghausen, Johann Anastasius. German. 1716. Geist-reiches Gesang-Buch: Den Kern alter und neuer Lieder. Halle [Saxony-Anhalt]: Waisenhaus.

Hutterus, Leonhardus. Latin. 1747. Compendium Locorum Theologicorum ex Script[is] S[acris] et Libr[is] Concordiae. Lipsiae [Leipzig]: Sumt. Caroli Ludovici Iacobi.

Ludolf von Sachsen. Commentary on the Psalms. Latin. 1506. Ludolfi Carthusiensis qui et autor fuit vite Christi: in psalterium expositio. Paris: Berthold Rembolt.

Mellini, Gian Lorenzo. The Grimani Breviary: Reproduced from the Illuminated Manuscript belonging to the Biblioteca Marciana, Venice. Woodstock: The Overlook Press, 1974.

Park, Edwards Amasa et al. The Sabbath Hymn Book: for the Service of Song in the House of the Lord. New York: Mason Brothers, 1858.

Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Psalms and Hymns adapted to Social, Private, and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Education, 1843.

Steuco, Agostino. Latin. 1531. Augustini Steuchi Eugubini Veteris Testamenti ad veritatem Hebraicam Recognitio. Lugduni [Lyons]: Gryphius.

Struensee, Adam. Gebet= Beicht= und Kommunion=Buch, für gnadenhungrige Seelen, aus geistreicher Männer Schriften zusammengetragen, nach der Ordnung des Heils eingerichtet, und mit Sprüchen der heiligen Schrift versehen. Halle [Saxony-Anhalt]: in Verlegung des Wäzsenhauses, 1752.

Vitringa, Campegius, 1659-1723. Latin. 1724. Commentarius in Librum Prophetiarum Jesaiæ... Cura & Studio Campegii Vitringa, Th. & H.S. Professoris. Editio Nova. Leovardiæ [Leeuwarden, Netherlands]: Henricus Halma.

Vitringa, Campegius, 1659-1723. Latin. 1732. Commentarius in Librum Prophetiarum Jesaiæ... Cura & Studio Campegii Vitringa, Th. & H.S. Professoris. Editio Nova. Pars Prior, Pars Altera. Basileæ [Basel, Switzerland]: Joannes Rodolphus im Hoff.

Watson, Richard. A Biblical and Theological Dictionary: Explanatory of the History, Manners, and Customs of the Jews, and Neighboring Nations. With an Account of the Most Remarkable Places and Persons Mentioned in Sacred Scripture; An Exposition of the Principal Doctrines of Christianity; and Notices of Jewish and Christian Sects and Heresies. New York: T. Mason and G. Lane, 1837.


Dennis. M. Nilsen
MSLIS/Rare Books, Special Collections
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