Miniature Book News # 10: 1967 December Page: 1
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MINIATURE BOOK NEWS
Number 10 16 Dromara Rd., St. Louis, Mo. 63124 December 1967
MINIATURE BIBLE AND LECTERN
In olden times, bibles were so scarce
that it was necessary to chain them to lecterns,
pulpits, and library shelves. To
commemorate this era, David Bryce & Son
together with the Oxford University Press
produced and sold a miniature chained bible
and lectern in the early years of this
century. The Oxford Press's American
branch was still selling these replicas as
late as 1929, for $3.50, because Henderson
ran an article on this in the NEWSLETTERS
The little lectern is 5 1/2 inches tall,
and holds the standard Bryce 876-page bible,
measuring 1 3/4 by 1 1/4 inches,
bound in brown leather and blind-stamped
to resemble the original chained versions.
Some copies of these bibles, possibly
the later ones sold in the U.S., are in addition
miniature copies of the Robert
Burns' family bible. Between the Old and
New Testaments is a reduced facsimile of
a sheet recording the births and other records
of the Burns family.
On the bottom of the lectern is the
following explanation of book chaining,
taken from Blades' "Books in Chains:"
CHAINING OF SINGLE BOCKS IN CHURCHES
"The chaining of single books in
churches doubtless originated in the
Injunctions given by Edward VI. to "the
Clergie and the Laietie" in 1547, and
printed by Grafton, in which they are
ordered "to provide within three months
next after the visitacion one boke of
the whole Bible of the largest volume
in English, and within one twelve moneth
after the saied visitacion, the paraphrasis
of Erasmus the same to be
sette uppe in some convenient place
within the churche."
"This Injunction was repeated by
Queen Elizabeth in 1559, and, although
nothing was mentioned about chains,
it seems very probable that the Churchwardens
would, for their own sake,
adopt that plan of protecting their
Miniature Bryce bible and Lectern, looking down.
MINIBOOKS OF THE FUTURE
We talk at great length about miniature
books of hundreds of years ago, and those
produced today. But what about those of
the far future? Well, we recently ran onto
an article in BUSINESS WEEK Magazine
which may shed some light (indeed a laser
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Edison, Julian I. Miniature Book News # 10: 1967 December, periodical, 1967; St. Louis, Missouri. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9454/m1/1/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections.