An alert reader passed along this item that appeared Dec.4, 2015 at NJ.com (see full link below). We think our readers will enjoy this great story – and rare find!
This is another reason why library/archives work is exciting – and rewarding, even if you don’t find something this unusual!
Here is the first part of the news report; find the rest of it at the link below.
A graduate student at Drew University has uncovered a rare treasure in the library: a first edition of the King James Bible from 1611.
The university in Madison is known for its large collection of rare books and offers a program in book history, but this was something even Drew didn’t know it owned, according to an article in Friday’s New York Times.
The Times reported that Brian Shetler, a doctoral candidate in book history who works in the library, found the rare Bible while looking through the rare-book shelves in late October for a project to show to a history class.
…The rare Bible was in a box labeled “Bible,” “1611” and “Barker,” an apparent reference to a London printer of that era, according to the Times story.
“I knew Barker had published the King James Bible, but I thought there was no way we would have one and not know about it,” Shetler told the Times.
Cassie Brand, the library’s special collections cataloger, and others authenticated the book by checking 35 features unique to the King James Bible, the Times reported.