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Saint John's Bible: Gospels and Acts Hardcover – January 1, 2007
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The work is not only crafted well, but is approached with extreme thoughtfulness and obvious reverence and love. The thematic devices woven through the illuminations tell the wonderful stories of the scriptures in picture and the weaving of imagery, symbology, typography and design embrace all periods of book arts, from traditional and calligraphy type faces to modern geometrical type design.
As a graphic designer, I appreciate the thought and planning that had to have taken place even before the illustrations and type were laid out. This is a very important work created with deep respect and love for the holy scriptures.
True, the text may be somewhat 'small' for the page, but in fact it is proportionate to the actual Bible (a size which would be way too large to print). The gold illumination may not look like 'gold' at first glance, it resembles a bright yellow, but this is difficult to capture in a book.
All in all if you are interested in the art of calligraphy, this is a keeper. As an atheist the text does not captivate me, I am solely interested in the art. So if you are Christian/Catholic and love art, you can hit two birds with one stone and have double the pleasure!
I bought this because I really wanted one, and to support the project. I will read it as a devotion in the morning, or in a dim room candlelit to get a real feel of reading traditional writing. The fonts will force me to slow down and digest it and the illuminations will reinforce the thought. I'd like Genesis (or the Pentateuch) when it comes out, but doubt if all buy all the sections.
However, I do have one (and only one) complaint about this volume. The binding is weak. I've looked at three different books and they all have the same poor binding.
Despite the binding, this book sill gets 5 stars from me. It's just too beautiful.
Since then I've told dozens about Mr. Jackson and his workshop in Wales, and I've gotten on board with St. John's Abbey as both a financial contributor and a newsletter recipient. Originally I didn't dare hope that the mss. would be made available in book form for "us mere mortals" to own. This one would definitely be on my proverbial "the 10 books I'd want if I were marooned on an island" list.
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This book is a superb publication that would be a worthwhile addition to any library. Read more
I bought this book for my fiancee as a wedding gift and she absolutely loves it! The artwork is fantastic and the price was a great value!Published 9 months ago by John Gerard Lawton
I had the opportunity to see a museum copy of the Saint John's Bible in October. It is a beautiful work of art. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Robert C. Dunston