Medieval and Renaissance Bibles: Manuscripts and Early Printing


Biblia latina cum postillis Nicolai de Lyra. Vol. 2 of 4.
Venice: [Johann Herbort for] Johann von Köln, Nicholas Jenson, and Associates, 31 July 1481. (Prothro B-04)

The Prothro Collection consists of nearly 500 Bibles from eight centuries, beginning with a handsomely illuminated manuscript of St. Jerome’s Latin Bible, written at Paris c. 1250, and an important manuscript of John Wycliffe’s late fourteenth-century translation of the New Testament into Middle English. The fifteenth-century transformation of the Bible, and of reading in general, is represented by a single leaf from Gutenberg’s first printed Bible (c. 1455) and ten other books printed with moveable type before 1500.

Medieval and Renaissance Bibles