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Limited Edition Pennyroyal Caxton Bible Acquired by Special Collections

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Due to the generosity of Bruce and Suzie Kovner, Special Collections and University Archives acquired the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible. This edition of the King James Version of the Holy Bible is illustrated by Barry Moser, the foremost American master of wood engravings. It is the first illustrated Bible of its kind since Gustave Doré’s edition of the Le Saint Bible in 1865.

Published by the Pennyroyal Caxton Press in 1999, the edition is one of 400 printed copies taking a total of three years to complete. The Bible is bound in two volumes. Volume one contains the five books of Moses, the historical books and the books of poetry. Volume two contains the books of prophecy and the New Testament. The bindings are full limp vellum with the title stamped in 24-carat gold on the cover and spine. Each signature was folded by hand and sewn on vellum tapes. There are  a total of 233 illustrations in the Bible.

The design of the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible owes much to the past. The arrangement of double columns is similar to many other great Bibles including the Gutenberg Bible.

To view the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible please contact Katie Richardson, Archivist for Special Collections and University Archives at or (310) 506-4323.

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