|From a pictorial life of Benedict, based on the|
Second Dialogue of Gregory the Great,
printed in 1587. The complete book can
be viewed in Vivarium at:
|The Rule of Benedict in Latin, from a 1544 edition in the Arca Artium collection. Note the use of the woodcut borders that continue on throughout the volume. This small item is about 4 1/2 inches tall, or small enough to fit into a shirt pocket. The opening letter "A" (for Ausculta = "Listen") receives special treatment in a woodcut, as well.|
|A fragment from the so-called Benedictine Psalter, printed in Mainz in 1459, in the workshop that also produced the Gutenberg Bible a few years earlier. This large Psalter, commissioned by Benedictines for liturgical use, demonstrates the Order's interest in the new printing technology. This particular page, with the damage to its edges and discoloration, was printed on parchment instead of paper, and later used in a book binding. From the Arca Artium collection and in Vivarium at: http://cdm.csbsju.edu/u?/ArcaArt,13541.|
Here are a few followers of Benedict, with their books.
|It can be so hard to find a quiet reading place ... From the Corona lvcida in coelo iam fvlgens, by Karl Stengel (Augsburg, 1621). Soon to be in Vivarium.|
|If you are going to read books, you might write some as well. Bishop Haimo from Stengel's Imagines sanctorum Ord. S. Benedicti (see above).|
These are but a few examples of the Benedictine interest in reading and books. The Special Collections at Saint John's University offer many, many more!