Library Exhibits "400 Years of the King James Bible"


May 16, 2011----The University of Delaware Library announces the opening of a new exhibition in the Information Room on the first floor of the Morris Library. "400 Years of the King James Bible” will be on display from Monday, May 16, 2011, through Friday, June 3, 2011, and repeated again on Monday, June 6, 2011, through Thursday, June 30, 2011. The year 2011 marks the four-hundredth anniversary of the printing of the King James Bible

Produced by a team of approximately forty-seven translators over a period of seven years, the King James Bible sought both to correct perceived errors in earlier English translations and to provide an official translation in accordance with the English monarch and the Church of England. For centuries, the King James Bible was the standard English translation and its effect on English language and literature has been profound and lasting.  Its influence can be detected in literary and creative works ranging from John Milton’s Paradise Lost to Charles Schultz’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. On display to mark this anniversary is the Library’s copy of the second edition of the King James Bible, printed between 1611 and 1613.

"400 Years of the King James Bible” is curated by Alexander C. Johnston, assistant librarian, with exhibition preparation by Anita Wellner, library assistant, and design and installation of the physical and virtual exhibition by Laurie Rizzo, assistant librarian, all of the Special Collections Department.

The exhibition is available online at [www.udel.edu/library/ud/spec/exhibits.html].

Holdings of the Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library include books, manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs, broadsides, periodicals, pamphlets, ephemera and realia from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. The collections complement the Library's general collections with particular strengths in the subject areas of the arts; English, Irish and American literature; history and Delawareana; horticulture; and history of science and technology. 

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