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Saturday July 18th 10am-2pm
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The Great BibleLeafing Through Our Library
The Great Bible : The Gospel According to Henry VIII
An Introduction to the Great Bible.
The first authorized vernacular Bible was printed in early 1539 and due to its tremendous heft the book became known as the Great Bible. To this day it stands as a milestone of the English Reformation.
Article Author: Stuart Palmer, Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent
Editor: Dr Jayne Wackett, University of Kent
Please Click the link above the image for the full Article
Rochester Vinegar Bible Conservation Update*As printer to King George II and to the University of Oxford between 1711 and his death in 1742, John Baskett was responsible for printing many fine books. However his name is remembered above all for his 1717 imprint of the Holy Bible. This particular edition, which contains many neo-classical engravings by James Thornhill and Michael van der Gucht, could have been one of the highlights of Baskett's career. Instead so many printing mistakes were made that people referred to his Bible as a "Baskett-ful of errors." One of the most famous misprints occured in the page heading in Luke 20:9, where "The Parable of the Vineyard" became "The Parable of the Vinegar", hence the nickname of 'Vinegar Bible.'
Lara Meredith Book & Archive Conservator has been hard at work on the Rochester Vinegar Bible.
This Book is very fragile and requires a great deal of time and skill to preserve it for future generations.
Click HERE or Click the IMAGE for the Vinegar Bible Conservation film
Lara recently updated Acting Dean Philip Hesketh about the project
" The supporting work to the text block is progressing well but a little slower than predicted. I am only able to work on a few pages at a time to allow the adhesive to dry. Usually a leaf in a book will be pressed between blotters to dry to allow one to work on the next leaves. When the first leaves dry the blotters are removed and one continues through the book without having to wait too long between bouts of work. The historical damage to the Vinegar Bible is being retained and drying under blotters in this way would crush the leaves too much. All but approximately 20 pages needed some form of tissue support like this.
I hope that these illustrate the supporting and consolidating ethic of this project. Retaining as much of the original as possible, including the damage that the bible has sustained over its life, whilst minimising its deterioration"
The Stages of the Process
A Large Fragment
The Location of the Fragment is verified
Verso of the Fragment
Close up of the supporting Tissue
Fragment Reattachment Complete.
This project, for the conservation of the Vinegar Bible, has been made possible by a generous grant from the Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund. More Info Here
*Source of Information "On Seb's Steps"
Michael Wood Introduction‘If I had to save one historical document from the whole of English history, it would not be Magna Carta - or even Domesday Book- but Textus Roffensis.’ Michael Wood, historian and broadcaster
Michael Wood’s exploration of the famous Textus Roffensis (‘Book of Rochester’) comes as the first instalment of Rochester Cathedral’s new initiative, Leafing through the Library. The cathedral’s manuscripts and early printed books will be shared and investigated online bi-monthly. Digital images from Rochester cathedral’s library will be accompanied by articles examining the content, context and significance of a wide variety of books including, amongst others, Henry VIII’s Great Bible, one of only thirty-five copies of the 1662 Sealed Book of Common Prayer, a 1744 navigation atlas and Isaac Newton’s observations.
Click Here for the Full Article
Leave Your Mark in History
As part of the Cathedral HLF Building works, The Library Roof will be refurbished.
An Interesting Initiative which has caught the imagination of the public is the sponsoring of a Roof Tile.
The tiles, which are being cleaned and rehung may be sponsored for a suggested donation of £5. For this you may write a personal message on the underside of a roof tile before it goes back on our library roof. The names of those who have donated will be recorded in a special book which will be held in the Cathedral Library. For further details Please contact the Volunteer Manager . Donations may be gift aided, if you are a UK tax payer.
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Textus Roffensis Online
Rochester Book of Hours
Leafing Through the LibraryRochester Book Of Hours For the Latest Instalment of Library Material from Dr Jayne Wackett. Click Here
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