The Privately Printed Bible

The Privately Printed Bible: Private & Fine Press Editions of Biblical Texts in the British Isles and North America, 1892-2000 (Oak Knoll Press) by Boston College alumnus Ronald D. Patkus is the first book to offer a broad survey of the history of private and fine press printings of biblical texts. Patkus focuses on English-language examples from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and North America, and includes more than 500 works in his study and more than 100 illustrations that demonstrate the aesthetics of layout, design, and illustration taken up by various presses. The book is divided into chapters that each deal with a specific generation of printers: the Revival, the “Second Generation,” the Postwar Era, and the late 20th century. In his book, Patkus describes key texts, such as the Doves Bible, the Oxford Lectern Bible, the Golden Cockerel Four Gospels, the Spiral Press Ecclesiastes, the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, and the Arion Press Bible. Patkus received a BA and PhD from from Boston College. He holds the Frederick Weyerhaeuser Endowed Chair in Biblical Literature and Bibliography at Vassar College where he serves as associate director of the libraries for special collections and is a member of the History Department. He previously was head of archives at the John J. Burns Library at Boston College. His volume was reviewed recently by Burns Library Conservator Barbara Adams Hebard for the Guild of Book Workers Newsletter.

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