HoTT Distinguished Lecture Series presents Gordon Campbell “The King James Bible: The Book and Its Language”

Text provided by Ben Yadon
Photographs by Ben Yadon, with special credit to Malcolm Shackelford

Gordon Campbell
Gordon Campbell speaks at the event

On April 4, 2011, a crowd of about 60 was on hand in the Scholars Commons Reading Room in Florida State University’s Strozier Library to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible in 1611 and to hear Gordon Campbell deliver the 2011 History of Text Technologies (HoTT) Distinguished Lecture.

Gordon Campbell is the Professor of Renaissance Literature, University of Leicester, as well as editor of Oxford University Press’s new facsimile edition of the Bible and author of Bible: The Story of the King James Bible, 1611-2011. Professor Campbell’s wit and erudition were on display in a wide-ranging lecture that dealt with creators and creation of the King James Version, with special attention given to the choices made regarding the language of the book and the lasting effects of these choices on the English language for the subsequent four centuries. Luckily, for anyone who missed it, a video recording of Professor Campbell’s entire lecture has been archived by our friends over at FSU’s History of Text Technologies Program.

The event also served as an opportunity to showcase some of the treasures from Special Collections’ Julia Stover & Milton Washington Carothers Memorial Collection of Bibles and Rare Books. Prior to the lecture, Dr. Campbell had a private viewing of FSU Special Collections’ first edition-second printing 1611 King James Bible and the 1560 Geneva Bible. Both of these Bibles, from the impressive Carothers Collection, were also on display for the event.

This History of Text Technologies Lecture was put on by the FSU School of Library and Information Studies, the Department of English and the program in History of Text Technologies.

King James Bible
1611 King James Bible
Ruth 3:15
Ruth 3:15, King James Bible (1611)
Exodus 1:19
Marginal annotation from Exodus 1:19, Geneva Bible (1560)

Published by Florida State University Special Collections & Archives

The Special Collections & Archives Division of the Florida State University Libraries advances research by acquiring, preserving, and providing access to rare and unusual books and original primary source materials. The division includes the Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Heritage & University Archives, The Claude Pepper Library, and the Digital Library Center. Through exhibitions and programs, the division supports active learning and engagement. Collections of unique manuscripts, historic maps, rare books, photographs, and university archives offer abundant opportunities for discovery and scholarship. Strengths of the collections include Napoleon and the French Revolution, poetry, political papers, Florida history, Southern business history, and the history of Florida State University.

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