LSU Libraries Special Collections presents “The Reformation at 500: A Reflection in Rare Books.” The exhibition commemorates the quincentennial of the Protestant Reformation, and runs from October 2 – December 21, 2017 in the lecture hall of Hill Memorial Library.
The spread of Reformation ideas, and their far-reaching effects in the spheres of religion, politics, scholarship, education, and culture, would not have been possible without the existence of the technological innovation of printing with moveable type, introduced in Europe in the middle of the 15th century.
The history of the Protestant Reformation and its legacy is thus inextricably linked to the history of printing and publishing in the Western world.
The books displayed in this exhibition are windows into an intriguing array of intentions, influences, relationships, and consequences associated with printed texts during the 16th and 17th as well as later centuries. Selected works from the Rare Book Collection reveal the printed word used both as tool and weapon—to instruct, to inform, to persuade, as well as to refute and attack. Bibles on display are evidence of the intense activity in biblical scholarship and translation brought forward by the printing press and the Reformation together. These books also serve as artifacts of particular times and places, brimming with clues as to their significance in the eyes of past owners and readers.
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