A renowned theologian and the editor of a bestselling study Bible, Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie built one of the world's greatest private collections of English Bibles since the nineteenth century during more than five decades of meticulous research and quiet acquisition.
Rare and early versions of the work of all the first English translations are present, including John Wycliffte, Myles Coverdale, and William Tyndale. The Authorized, or King James version is also well represented, including the tallest copy known of the first edition, from the celebrated library of Louis Silver, as well as a fine copy of the "Bible of the Revolution," the first English-language Bible printed in America. First and other early editions in many other vernacular languages are represented as well, including German, Spanish, Italian, Irish, Welsh, and the Indian Massachusett language.
Earlier Bibles are also included among the approximately 200 lots of printed books and manuscripts, ranging from the tenth-century “Benton” Gospels in Greek to a beautifully illuminated thirteenth-century Italian manuscript Bible in Latin to two leaves from the Gutenberg Bible printed in Mainz about 1454.
Exhibitions will be held in London on 11 - 14 November and Chicago on 21& 22 November.