Catalogue  /  In the Beginning, Freer + Sackler Galleries

This exhibition catalogue depicts the first thousand years of the Bible’s development, from papyrus fragments to bejeweled, illuminated manuscripts.

  • This exhibition catalogue depicts the first thousand years of the Bible’s development, from papyrus fragments to bejewelled, illuminated manuscripts.
  • The book’s cloth cover is stamped with the same clear foil pattern from the dust jacket cover.
  • The title page features three of the earliest papyrus fragments referencing the Bible.
  • A diagram designed by Studio A illustrates the evolution of the Bible.
  • Detail of the diagram designed by Studio A to illustrate the evolution of the Bible.
  • “Spreading the Word” essay opener.
  • “The Book as Icon” section divider shows a detail from “Valenciennes Apocalypse.”
  • Catalogue entry showing a piece of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • An illustration from an Ethiopic Gospelbook is placed so the gutter of the book illustration falls in the gutter of the catalogue.
  • Brief essays accompany black and white reproductions of each catalogue entry.
  • A detail of the typographic treatment for each catalogue entry.