Antwerp book printer Jacob van Liesvelt got his head cut off in 1545. The bible that led to his beheading is now on exhibit in the Dominican church and illustrates the festive presentation of the Bible in Plain Language last Sunday. In three showcases Maastricht University Library shows nine impressive bibles from its Special Collections.

Liesvelt’s bible is written in Dutch and contains beautiful woodcuts and an extremely rare map. Another bible on exhibit is the Old Testament in Singalese from the beginning of the eighteenth century. An Arabic bible from 1590 contains the Four Gospels with wonderful woodcuts. A more recent bible in German is Die Heilige Schrift lavishly illustrated by French artist Gustave Doré.

You can visit the showcases until 21 November.

Address Dominican church: Dominicanerkerkstraat 1 6211 CP, Maastricht

For more information about this exhibition or Maastricht University’s Special Collections, please contact curator Odin Essers, E odin.essers@maastrichtuniversity.nl

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