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If Books Could Talk
Yesterday marked the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. According to tradition, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg. Luther’s translation of the Bible into German did not appear until eighteen years later in 1534. It was an instant best seller, and four hundred and thirty editions appeared during Luther’s lifetime. Our earliest copy of Das Biblia, das ist, Die ganze Heilige Schrift, Alten und Neuen Testaments was printed in 1740 but it is essentially the same as the revised edition of 1545. In the top image, it is open to the New Testament Title Page. The image on the bottom left shows the engraved frontispiece.
Our copy is still in contemporary blind-tooled pigskin binding of blind-tooled pigskin (bottom right). It belonged to Lotte Stringer, an Austrian who escaped to New York after Hitler came to power. She donated the book to TCU in 1997. In her letter that accompanied the donation, she remarks on its centuries of wandering through branches of her father’s family in Central Europe and its “having survived two World Wars and, while in my possession, fire and flood. I am happy to think that this fine old book will now be in a place of knowledge.” If only it could talk to us!
Biblia, das ist, Die ganze Heilige Schrift, Alten und Neuen Testaments. Altdorf: Verlegts Ernst Friderich Zobel, und gedruckt bey Johann Adam Hessel, 1740. BS239 1740
The Love Family Letters have been digitized and are available in our digital repository.
The Tom B. Saunders Family Papers have been digitized and are available in our digital repository.
By an agreement concluded in 1991, the Van Cliburn Foundation transferred to Texas Christian University materials relating to the activities of the Foundation, together with the archives of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The professional Competition, first held in 1962, was created to commemorate Van Cliburn's sensational 1958 victory at the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Held at four-year intervals, the Competition offers a means by which the finest young concert pianists can perform before a global audience. The International Competition for Outstanding Amateurs now offers other accomplished pianists a worldwide stage.