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The Saint John's Bible is the only handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago.  The Heritage Edition is a work of art in itself, a fine art reproduction of the original manuscript created under the direction of Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and the artistic director of the original manuscript. Only 299 sets of the Heritage Edition have been created.

MU Libraries Special Collections and Rare Books

Special Collections supports the University’s teaching, research, service and economic development programs across a wide range of disciplines, from the life sciences to the humanities.  Materials in Special Collections total over 90,000 items and have research potential in specific types of illustrated books, printing and the book arts, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British religious thought, Plato and the Neoplationists, and English book hands of the tenth to the twelfth century. The collections include books, periodicals, manuscripts, maps, posters, printed ephemera, and artifacts. 

Selections from The Saint John's Bible

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More Information

For more information on The Saint John's Bible at MU Libraries, contact Matt Gaunt, MU Libraries Director of Development, at or (573) 884-8645.