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Rare Bible Series, Volumes I-VIII (8 for $30)

Rare Bible Series, Volumes I-VIII (8 for $30)

$30.00

 MOBIA's Rare Bible Series includes eight volumes:

Pearl of Great Price: Selections from the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA. Written by Dr. Liana Lupas, Curator of the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA, this full color, 32-page booklet is the richly detailed accompaniment to MOBIA's exhibition, Pearl of Great Price: Selections from the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA. The first in our Rare Bible Series, this booklet expands on the history of the works displayed in the exhibition.  Each volume on display has a story to tell about the circumstances of a given Bible's translation and its publication, and at times amusing and poignant stories about Bible promotion and eventual ownership. Together, the 17 volumes on display offer a glimpse into the rich history of this "pearl of great price" and illustrate the lengths to which generations of people went to put this text into as many hands as were wanting.

A Light to the Nations: America's Earliest Bibles (1532-1864). Written by Dr. Liana Lupas, Curator of the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA, this full color, 50-page booklet is the richly detailed accompaniment to MOBIA's exhibition A Light to the Nations: America's Earliest Bibles. The second in our Rare Bible Series, this booklet expands on the history of the works displayed in the exhibition and provides readers with an enlightening research tool.

Let Your Light Shine: Bible Printing in Venice During the High Renaissance. Written by Dr. Liana Lupas, Curator of the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA, this full color, 47-page booklet is the richly detailed accompaniment to MOBIA's exhibition Let Your Light Shine: Bible Printing in Venice During the High Renaissance. The third in our Rare Bible Series, this booklet expands on the history of the works displayed in the exhibition and provides readers with an enlightening research tool.

The Book of Life: Family Bibles in America.  Written by Dr. Liana Lupas, Curator of the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA, this full color, 58-page booklet accompanies the Museum's exhibition, The Book of Life: Family Bibles in America.  The fourth in our Rare Bible Series, this booklet discusses the history of the Family Bible in America.  For many Protestant families, the Bible plays a central role in their spiritual life, and has traditionally been used to record the most important family events.  In the 1780s, annotated editions of the King James Bible began being marketed as Family Bibles.  By the 1850s, American publishers developed a standard content for these Scriptures, also allowing for families to keep organized records and portraits.  This booklet expands on the history of the works displayed in the exhibition, making for an enjoyable and informative read. 

Finding Comfort in Difficult Times: A Selection of Soldiers' Bibles.  Written by Dr. Liana Lupas, Curator of the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA, this full color 89-page booklet accompanies the Museum's exhibition, Finding Comfort in Difficult Times: A Selection of Solders' Bibles.  The fifth in our Rare Bible Series, this booklet discusses the history of Bible distribution to American soldiers by the American Bible Society.  In the last 150 years, tens of millions of Bibles have been distributed to American soldiers on active duty, as prisoners of war, and to the sick and the wounded.  This volume illustrates the history of Bible printing and the massive effort to meet the spiritual needs of servicemen and women throughout 11 wars, including the American Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also also reveals touching accounts of hardship and faith within the tragic context of these conflicts as evidenced through the marks and inscriptions left on the books themselves.  The soldiers’ own words provide an intimate glimpse of the travels, travails and sheer courage of those who fought for this country.

Printers, Monks & Craftsmen: Bookmaking in the Age of Gutenburg.  Written by Clare Manias, Conservator of the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA, this full color 54-page booklet accompanies the Museum's exhibition, Printers, Monks & Craftsmen: Bookmaking in the Age of GutenburgThe sixth in our Rare Bible Series, this booklet discusses the transitional period in hand press bookmaking through 14 Bibles printed between 1455 and 1525. Early printed books initially looked to manuscripts to inform page design, typeface, binding, and decorative embellishment. As the era progressed, printers and other craftsmen involved in the production of a printed volume began to experiment with the possibilities hand press production afforded to create innovative, elegant books. Focusing on Gothic bindings and the structure of a selection of books drawn from the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA, this publication explores regional differences in the volumes' styles, production, and form illustrating that printed books have stories to tell and are much more than what's between the covers. 

More Precious than Fine Gold: the English Bible in the Gilded Age. Written by Dr. Liana Lupas, Curator of the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA, this full color 74-page booklet accompanies the Museum's exhibition, More Precious than Fine Gold: the English Bible in the Gilded Age.The spirit of renewal that permeated the visual arts during the Gilded Age and is embodied in Tiffany’s work was also manifest in the interconnected fields of Bible translation and Bible publication. The exhibition More Precious than Fine Gold: the English Bible in the Gilded Age explores its impact on the text itself of the English Bible and on the design, printing and illustration of the volumes that made it accessible to the public. The 20 volumes on display in this exhibition include mainstream versions, such as the English Revised New Testament of 1881 and the American Standard Version of 1901, and innovative or unusual ones, such as Ballentine’s “Modern American Bible” or Julia Smith’s Bible, the first woman to translate the entire text of the Scriptures. Also on display are Bibles illustrated by famous artists such as Gustave Doré and James Tissot and limited editions produced by private presses such as William Morris’ Kelmscott Press, the Doves Press, and the Essex House.

Reaching Out: American Bible Society and the African American Community. Written by Dr. Liana Lupas, Curator of the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA, this full-color 74-page booklet accompanies the Museum's exhibition, Reaching Out: American Bible Society and the African American Community, which traces American Bible Society’s relationship with the African American community built through Bible publication and distribution. Beginning shortly after 1816 and through the following decades, the Society was quick to respond to requests for Bibles mainly in the Northern States. During the Civil War, ABS provided with Bibles both Union and Confederate soldiers and escaped slaves who came North. The Reconstruction era allowed the Society to intensify its work among freedmen and African Americans living freely in the North. At the turn of the century ABS created a special “Agency for the Colored People of the South” to satisfy the African American community’s need for Scripture and hired local distributors who also brought relief in times of natural disasters. In the 1960s, with the advent of the Civil Rights Movement, ABS reached out to its African American constituency through pamphlets and special imprints. ABS’ activity reached new milestones with the publication of the African American Jubilee Edition of the Bible in 1999 and the release of the first New Testament translated into Gullah or Sea Islands Creole in 2005.

All eight volumes of the Rare Bible Series are currently available for this low price of $30.