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Heritage Collections, Dunedin Public Libraries
Dunedin Public Library
230 Moray Place
Dunedin
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To honour the memory of donor Sir Alfred Hamish Reed (1875-1975), and to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Version in 2011, the Dunedin Public Library presents its latest exhibition 'Let There Be Light: Celebrating the Bible in English'. The thirty-three printed and manuscript bibles on display range from a thirteenth-century Latin Vulgate (rebound by Francis Bedford) and leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, to first or early editions of the major sixteenth-century English translations and nineteenth-century versions. A highlight is an early fifteenth-century Wycliffe-Purvey Gospel manuscript from the library of Sir Heneage Finch (d. 1631). Finely printed editions, such as the Baskerville Bible and Doves Bible, and English bibles once owned by Lazarus Seaman, William Hewer (close friend to Samuel Pepys) and David Livingstone round out the exhibition.