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2017/4/3-7 Bible (Spanish), 'Santa Biblia' and two 'roneoed' sheets for ordinary and Christmas masses, paper / leather, published by by Sociedades Bíblicas en América Latina, 1960, part of a collection of unique travel mementoes collected by George and Charis Schwarz during their ride around the w. Click to enlarge.

'Santa Biblia' Spanish bible

    As part of a larger collection, this Spanish bible is one of several meaningful mementoes collected by George and Charis Schwarz, during the 1960s while riding around the world on their 1965 BMW motorcycle. The bible was given to the adventurers as a gift from a Baptist Church minister in Central America in 1967 and recalled their time with his family which Charis fondly recorded in her 2004 book, "Highlights of the Road: A Narrative."

    Due to very limited space in their motorcycle saddle …

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    Summary

    Object No.

    2017/4/3-7

    Object Statement

    Bible (Spanish), 'Santa Biblia' and two 'roneoed' sheets for ordinary and Christmas masses, paper / leather, published by by Sociedades Bíblicas en América Latina, 1960, part of a collection of unique travel mementoes collected by George and Charis Schwarz during their ride around the world on their BMW motorcycle, USA Canal Zone, Panama, 1967

    Physical Description

    A worn, black leather bible, published in Spanish which features a zipper that encloses its pages. The zipper has gold teeth and three wooden beads are attached to its slider for decoration. Towards the top of the bible's spine, 'Santa Biblia' is printed in gold. The pages are bound to the covers in a perfect binding style (pages are attached to the spine, and in this case cover, using a flexible glue) and are edge painted in red. This is a revised edition from 1960 and was published by Sociedades Bíblicas en América Latina (Bible Societies in Latin America). Between the back page and back cover, two roneoed pages had been placed that outline a Christmas and ordinary mass from 1967 in Spanish.

    Production

    Notes

    This bible was revised, published and re-printed by Sociedades Bíblicas en América Latina (Bible Societies in Latin America) in 1960. Previous editions of the bible date from 1602, 1862 and 1909.

    Written documentation was established in ancient civilisations and existed in the forms of clay tablets in Mesopotamia, papyrus scrolls in ancient Egypt and Chinese books were created out of wood or bamboo. The invention of the movable hand printing press by Jonathon Gutenberg in Germany, printing a Latin bible in 1456 with his partners, Johann Fust and Peter Schoffer, was revolutionary in book production. Machine mass production of books was realised after the Industrial Revolution as it was a cheaper alternative to the hand press. Private presses or fine presses was a movement developed in 19th century Britain which was used by individuals or groups to produce traditional or fine books/texts.

    The process and practice of book binding later came into prominence after David McConnell Smyth patented the first sewing machine designed to bind books in 1868. Perfect book binding, which is a binding technique using a flexible glue to attach the pages to the spine, was invented in 1895 but did not become popular until 1931.

    State Library Victoria, (2017), Private Press, Victorian Government, Victoria, viewed 16th August 2017, .
    https://www.lib.msu.edu/exhibits/historyofbinding/20thcentury/
    Powis Parker Inc., (2012), The History of Bookbinding, Powis Parker Inc., California, viewed 16th August 2017, .
    How Products are Made, (2017), Books, Advameg Inc., viewed 16th August 2017, .
    McPherson Binding, (2017), What is Perfect Binding and Burst Binding, McPherson Binding, N.S.W., viewed 16th August 2017, .
    Annette Lamb, (2016), The Beginnings of Libraries: 10,000-3000 BCE, Annette Lamb, USA, viewed 16th August 2017, .

    History

    Notes

    This Spanish bible was given to George and Charis Schwarz in the US Canal Zone in Panama, Central America, in 1967 during their around the world motorcycling adventure. The couple stayed overnight with a Baptist Church minister and his family. Despite not being Christian, they attended a mass which was heavily attended by members of the parish. The couple were captivated by the eloquence of the speaker and the music. After sleeping the night on the floor of the minister's home, the pair were presented with this Spanish bible that had an inscription that reads: 'Here is the word of God, for your daily meditation. The benediction of God be upon you.' The entire experience left the pair in a feeling of absolute contentment.

    The bible became an important memento for the couple despite of their limited luggage space. They both spoke Spanish and Charis had had a religious upbringing as her father was a minister. The couple have a collection of bibles in their home in Sydney. It was also seen as a good luck charm when the couple were trying to conceive, unfortunately they did not have children.

    Schwarz, Charis, 'Highlights of the Road: A Narrative', self-published, 2004. p.238

    Cite this Object

    Harvard

    'Santa Biblia' Spanish bible 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 January 2022, <https://ma.as/548833>

    Wikipedia

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