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Oxford's Bodleian and Vatican libraries debut digital versions of ancient Bibles

Tish WellsMcClatchy Washington Bureau

As part of a worldwide 4-year project, the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford in the U.K. and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana in the Vatican City have launched some of their collections digitally available online at http://bav.bodielan.ox.ac.uk

For launch, the Vatican digitized psalters and a Gutenberg Bible, while the Bodleian has "Douce 244," the Malermi Bible, in Italian with woodcuts.

It is a four-year project supported by the Polansky Foundation. The website will have the ability to zoom in on documents, written essays on such as conservation and imaging, and video presentations.

It is available in English and Italian.

Bodleian digital link
Tish Wells
McClatchy Washington Bureau