Event Exhibits and Tours Live! at The Library: The Giant Bible of Mainz

Date and Location

  • When: Thursday, October 6, 2022

    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

  • Where: Thomas Jefferson Building - Great Hall - 2nd Floor (LJ200-E)

    10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

Part of Live at the Library

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On National German-American Friendship Day, the Library of Congress will be hosting a Live! at the Library event: Opening the Case: The Giant Bible of Mainz at the Library of Congress. This in-person event will provide members of the public with an opportunity to view one of the Library’s greatest national treasures: The Giant Bible of Mainz. A manuscript meet-and-greet, this event will be staffed by specialists from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, who will be displaying the Library’s largest illuminated manuscript alongside other examples from the collection in order to provide viewers with a context for late medieval book production.

One of the great illuminated manuscripts, the Giant Bible of Mainz represents an amazing moment of transition within the history of European book production. A magnificent Middle-Rhenish manuscript copied between April 1452 and July of 1453, the Giant Bible was written at the same time as Johann Gutenberg was printing his famous bible using moveable metal type.

This event is free, but free-timed entry passes are required to enter the Library of Congress. Click the "Get Tickets" link above and select a timed-entry pass for your preferred entry time.