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"