AUBURN – To mark the 400th anniversary of the first publication of the King James translation of the Bible, Auburn University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Department is hosting a special exhibit of some of the rare and historic Bibles that it holds in its collection. The exhibit is open to the public through Nov. 30.
The exhibit covers the approximately 100 years of English Bible translations that led to the publication of the first King James Bible in 1611. Bibles in the exhibit include a facsimile of the 1525 Tyndale translation along with original printings of King Henry VIII’s Great Bible, the Geneva Bible, the Bishop’s Bible, the Rheims New Testament and a 1613 printing of the King James Bible.
The story of how each Bible came to be made and the historical events surrounding them are told in the exhibit prepared by Greg Schmidt, special collections librarian at Auburn University Libraries, and reference librarian Todd Shipman. Also displayed are books and correspondence of Auburn professor emeritus Ward Sykes Allen, an eminent scholar in English Bible translations.
“Special Collections and Archives holds many rare and historic Bibles in its collection,” said Schmidt. “Of special note in this exhibit is the Great Bible. This book is not only of historical interest as a 16th century Bible, it also is of great importance to the university as a gift from former Auburn University President Philpott in 1979 and as the one millionth volume collected by the library.”
The exhibit is on view to the public in the Special Collections and Archives Department, located on the ground floor of Ralph Brown Draughon Library, during regular semester hours: 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday; and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Go to the Auburn University Libraries’ website at http://www.lib.auburn.edu/hours/specfor non-semester hours.
Auburn University Libraries serves the more than 24,000 students and faculty of Auburn with a collection in excess of 3.2 million volumes. The Special Collections and Archives Department collects, preserves and houses rare and unique items relating to the histories of Auburn University, the state of Alabama, the southeastern region, the Civil War, Native Americans and aviation.
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(Contributed by Jayson Hill.)