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Collection: The Shape of Content in Christian Books, Broadsides, and Prints
This pocket edition of the Book of Common Prayer was designed to provide both intimacy of use and portability. It includes gilt and red-dyed goatskin binding with enclosing flap and fore-edge painting of an English church.
The typography and woodcut illustration of this book reproduces the appearance of a ninth-century illuminated manuscript that consisted of twenty-eight poems in praise of the Holy Cross. In the original manuscript version, the Latin texts were…
Intended to help readers memorize the basic content of the four Gospels, the fifteen full-page woodcut illustrations in this book combine symbolic emblems that provide visual cues pertaining to each chapter.
The Spanish Inquisition's Index of Expurgations, first issued in 1584. It informs censors which passages are erroneous or obsolete in past books and need to be deleted.
Jesuit catechism that includes one hundred lessons translated into Dutch, each illustrated with a meditational emblem engraved by Theodore Galle. A key to the book's usage is the rotating volvelle, part of a "lottery plate" that reveal the numerals 1…
This French calendrical manual features several fold-out plates, three volvelles, twelve sliding paper strips for tracking the weekdays of every month, and the exhibited adjustable table for determining the major moveable feasts. This table utilizes…
Dirst edition of the Latin Bible prepared by Andreas Osiander II (1562–1617), presenting the revised Latin scriptures in the two inner columns, with the compiler's paraphrases, explanations, and annotations from various other commentators printed in…
Published by one of Rome's leading sixteenth-century engravers, this striking devotional image depicts St. Benedict of Nursia (ca. 480–543), the founder of Western monasticism. The broadside includes a central image of the saint and fourteen…
This devotional and instructional volume can be read in either of two directions. The rectos of each leaf are numbered and can be read sequentially while the versos are printed upside down and also numbered for reading in a separate order and…
In this 1572 edition of the Decretales of Gregory IX, a page-for-page reprint of the 1553 Lyon edition, a Catholic censor has expurgated much of the accompanying commentary, obscuring the text with opaque white ink that has darkened with age. The…
Eighteenth-century Eucharistic treatise with an illustration of the Mass ceremony in progress, showing a simpler form of cartagloria on the altar in front of the priest.
This folding triptych, known as a cartagloria, bears the essential texts of the Latin Mass that a priest needed to have visible during the Eucharistic ceremony. Complementing the central images of Christ on the Cross and the Last Supper, the…
Engraved devotional tryptich on paper depicting the Virgin and Child; both figures enshrined at center, depicted as hovering over ill or injured person to left and right. The single sheet of paper was cut and folded to form a small envelope that…
In this picture Bible by Johann Buno, a Lutheran school teacher in Leburg, the fifty-four engravings illustrate virtually every chapter of the scriptures. Within each engraving, the individual pictorial elements represent particular chapters, while…
Based on a set of illustrated cards first published with an instructional booklet in 1833, this edition of Elizabeth Maria Lloyd's popular Gospel lessons for children consists of the same booklet with four extensive folding panels bearing the series…
In this illustrated manual for celebrating the Mass according to the rites of the Dominican Order, the Latin text of the Mass appears in the left column, step-by-step instructions for the ceremony appear in the right column, and the center column is…
Compiled by a French Franciscan friar, this innovative confessional manual encouraged self-reflection on several hundred sins. Categorized according to the Ten Commandments, brief definitions of the sins were printed on pre-cut paper. This allowed…
Devotional object that consists of a printed hinged box filled with 147 small rolled slips of paper bearing printed texts for Christian meditation. Each slip in Promise, Prayer, Poetry provides three quotations. The first is always a Bible verse. The…
Known as a Breverl, this devotional amulet belongs to a genre that enjoyed widespread popularity among Catholics in eighteenth-century Bavaria and Austria and was believed to offer talismanic protection to its owner. It usually consisted of a printed…
This engraved broadside features text in two languages, Italian and French. The purpose of the broadside was to highlight holy relics that could be seen by visitors to Milan Cathedral.
This book comprises a series of 153 engravings depicting the Life of Christ by Hieronymus Wiericx (1553–1619) and others. Each illustration combines multiple scenes and features an alphabetical sequence of letters keyed to explanations in Latin…
An illustrated scroll displaying a moving series of color-printed illustrations called "An Illuminated Life of Christ Chronologically Arranged. Masterpiece Paintings by the World's Great Artists." When the entire scroll has been displayed, the lower…
Complete set of sixty uncut, unfolded, and unbound paper sheets of the Greek New Testament. 25 x 39 cm, printed in octavo.
Complete set of sixty uncut, unfolded, and unbound paper sheets of the Greek New Testament. 44 x 27.5 cm, printed in octavo.
Intended for young readers, this rhyming German lithographic broadside narrates the story of Christ's Passion by means of a rebus, combining printed text and sixty-three hand colored images that stand in for particular words.