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Bible Collection
Queen's University, Douglas Library, W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library

Bible. Old Testament; Bible. New Testament

The collection was established in 1966. Three of the first five books donated to Queen's University in 1840 were bibles. Over the years, many bibles were added to the collection, by purchase and by gift. A notable gift was received in 1938 from Elizabeth Snodgrass (daughter of Queen's Principal Rev. William Snodgrass). The collection is developed largely by gift.

The collection contains bibles in more than seventy five languages and most versions of the Bible printed from the fifteenth century to the present. The oldest bible in the collection is a 1491 Latin Vulgate Bible published by Froben. Some unique items include several early editions of the Geneva Bible; the Bishop's Bible (1568); the Douai Bible, the first edition of the King James Authorized Version of 1611; and the Doves Press Bible printed in 1903 by Cobden Sanderson. Significant new editions are added to the collection as they appear.

The existing collection is multilingual. English language material is collected at present.

1,056 monographs. Materials to support this collection will be found in the main stacks collection.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is uncatalogued and unclassified. The material is accessible from a special checklist (see below).

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: At the discretion of the curator.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Queen's University (Kingston, Ont.). Library. -- A checklist of bibles in the Queen's University libraries. -- 2nd ed. -- Kingston, Ont. : [Queen's University Libraries], 1974.