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Mount community takes in-depth look at rare Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition

October 09, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Derek Sanderson, assistant librarian for Instruction Services and coordinator of Saint John’s Bible activities at Mount Saint Mary College’s Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center (left), discussed the significance of the Saint John’s Bible before inviting the college community to experience it for themselves on Thursday, October 4.

Derek Sanderson, assistant librarian for Instruction Services and coordinator of Saint John’s Bible activities at Mount Saint Mary College’s Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center (left), discussed the significance of the Saint John’s Bible before inviting the college community to experience it for themselves on October 4.

 

Mount Saint Mary College staff, faculty, and students experienced the majestic Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible – the only handwritten and illuminated Bible produced in more than 500 years – on Thursday, October 4.

Using medieval inks, materials, and methods, an international team of artists and calligraphers worked for 15 years to create the seven volumes that comprise the Saint John’s Bible. 

Commissioned by the Benedictine monks of St. John’s Abbey, it was created using quill pens, and special inks comprised of condensed candle smoke and egg yolk. The Bible contains 160 major hand-gilded illuminations that encompass many artistic styles, often mixing modern motifs with traditional religious imagery.

Mount Saint Mary College recently acquired – and is now in possession of – the full seven-volume Heritage Edition set of the Saint John’s Bible, a fine art reproduction that captures the original down to the smallest details. The college received the seven volumes over the course of the last two years and just recently received the seventh and final book.

The Mount is now in possession of copy number 133 of the Heritage Edition, which was limited to 299 copies, explained Derek Sanderson, assistant librarian for Instruction Services and coordinator of Saint John’s Bible activities at the college. They will be displayed in the Mount’s Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center, under the care of library director Barbara Petruzzelli and her staff.

Weighing more than 15 pounds each, the volumes stand approximately 18” tall and more than 4 feet wide when opened.

Educators, houses of worship, and other organizations interested in hosting Saint John’s Bible related programs should contact Sanderson, who will help facilitate such events. He can be contacted via email at derek.sanderson@msmc.edu