Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Newberry Library webpage on the great polyglots

The Newberry Library in Chicago has a nice webpage introducing the great polyglot Bibles of the 16th–17th century. It gives helpful details for the Complutensian (1517), Antwerp (1571), and London (1657) polyglots with bibliography at the end. The comparison feature is a nice way to orient yourself to the layout and contents of each. Unfortunately, it looks like they only have a page from each one. Here is part of the website’s description:
The historical and cultural impact of the great polyglots is somewhat overlooked today. In large part, this is due to the fact that the massive collective effort behind these books is hidden by the printed page. This resource will draw back the curtain on the stories behind the three great polyglots in the collection of the Newberry Library: the Complutensian, the Antwerp, and the London.

In what follows, you will gain a sense of the individuals who helped create these great books.

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