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Collection: The Shape of Content in Christian Books, Broadsides, and Prints
Papal Bull confirming privileges and domains of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Pierre at Meobecq within the diocese of Bourges, France.
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.
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…
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…
In this Latin Bible printed in 1483, a late sixteenth-century English reader has inserted paper slips bearing handwritten English prologues for each book of the Bible. These added texts were transcribed directly from the prologues published in the…
Numerous early printed missals, such as this edition published for the use of Carmelite monasteries, included music notation in the section of text located immediately prior to the Canon of the Mass. Plaited leather button tabs were also attached to…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
This treatise on the legal definition of Christian marriage features two full-page diagrams depicting the "Tree of Consanguinity" and the exhibited "Tree of Affinity." The two woodcuts in the form of family trees helped to clarify the allowable…
Produced for instruction in the basic doctrines of the Catholic faith, this unusual book consists of full-page painted images accompanied by brief explanations written in Dutch on the facing pages. Later owned by the Carmelite friars of Nijmegen in…
Produced in Flanders for use in England, this richly illuminated manuscript includes a set of eight illustrations of scenes from the Infancy of Christ, such as the Annunciation and the Nativity, which traditionally introduced the eight sections of…
Schoeffer's third printing of the Liber sextus decretalium. Rubrication in red and blue has been added and there is an elaborately illuminated and colored initial B. The front flyleaf features an alphabetical subject index compiled by a…
The extended Latin title of the first collected edition of St. Gregory's Opera may be translated "The Principal Works of Saint Gregory the Great, Doctor of the Church, formerly dispersed in individual volumes, but now combined into a single volume by…
In this chronological overview of world history the spine crosses the top of the book, so that the pages must be turned from bottom to top as they are read. The text was printed from engraved plates instead of movable types and text was only printed…
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…
The purpose of this book was to expose John Wesley as a plagiarist by comparing Samuel Johnson's Taxation no Tyranny (1745) and Wesley's A Calm Address to our American Colonies (1775) in parallel columns. Wesley freely adapted the writings of others…
Six-volume multilingual Bible with Greek Septuagint and New Testament, Latin Vulgate, Hebrew Old Testament, and Aramaic translation in the lower margin.
This anonymous fifteenth-century treatise on the Mas ceremony contains two texts printed in two distinct typefaces: quotations from the Latin litury printed with a tall Gothic font and the German explanation of the Mass printed in a smaller rounder…
Pope Clement V's Constitutiones consist of decretals (papal letters establishing canon law) issued by Popes Boniface VIII, Benedict XI, and Clement V himself. In this work Schoeffer introduced an improved commentary type, intended mainly for use with…
Biblical history written by Peter Comestor, Chancellor of Notre Dame in Paris. Bridwell Library's manuscript of the Historia scholastica is one of many that were expanded with commentaries. Where necessary, the scribe divided the column into two and…
In the exhibited exposition on the Psalms, the printer eliminated the need for rubrication, printing suitably elaborate initials and border decoration along with the text. Such books had the advantage of being ready for use as soon as they were…
Example of one-volume portable Bibles popular in the thirteenth century. Includes decorated initials and filigree pen work in the margins.