The Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible is on display in the Special Collections Research Center, located on the eighth floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library. For group visits, please complete the Instruction Session/Visit Request Form.
Creation, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2003
Gift of Carlos and Clara Quintanilla
In 1998, Saint John's Abbey and University (Collegeville, Minnesota) commissioned world-renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible. As artistic director of an international team of illuminators and calligraphers, working from his home in Wales, together with scholars in central Minnesota, Jackson spent more than a decade (2000–2011) completing the magnificent seven-volume Bible. Inspired by medieval scripts, Jackson designed an alphabet for the Bible, and the illuminations (160 spread over 1,150 pages) combined traditional themes and contemporary aesthetics. The Heritage Edition is a faithful reproduction of the original manuscript of the Saint John's Bible. The finest printers and binders were engaged to make sure that the highest standards were applied to every step of the process, including papermaking, imaging, printing, and binding.