Exhibitions


  • Before Treatment

  • Washing

  • Removing old repairs

  • Removing old repairs

  • Before
    Spine Cleaning and Removing Old Glue

  • After
    Spine Cleaning and Removing Old Glue

  • Attaching the boards

  • Attaching the boards

  • Setting the spine

  • Setting the spine

  • Covering

  • After Treatment

  • Image of Exhibition
    Preserving a Legacy

  • Image of Exhibition
    Preserving a Legacy

  • Image of Exhibition
    Preserving a Legacy


Preserving a Legacy

Rare Bible Conservation @ MOBIA

July 08–October 16, 2011

The story of the King James translation is told through Bibles produced over the last 400 years. These volumes were created by a group of diverse professionals—punchcutters, type casters, printers, proofreaders, papermakers, artists, and bookbinders— all of whom were essential to the editions on display. As devotional texts, Bibles are meant to be handled, opened and closed repeatedly, examined, admired, and read. Over time, such use takes its toll and historic editions may require treatment to preserve them. In this special sub-exhibition, we tell the conservation story of a single Bible on display, the 1638 Bible with Apocrypha printed by Thomas Buck and Roger Daniel in Cambridge, which was treated and bound especially for On Eagles’ Wings.

The images featured in the slideshow are stills from the conservation video created by MOBIA especially for Preserving A Legacy.  You can view the video in its entirety by visiting the exhibition or tuning into our YouTube Channel.


Exhibition and preservation of the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA are made possible, in part, by the generous support of the American Bible Society.

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