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Melchizedek and Goliath
January 15, 2014 2:45 PM   Subscribe

"When laid open, the Waynai Bible measures 43.5 inches tall and 98 inches wide. Closed, the spine is 34 inches thick. The book has 8,048 pages and weighs in at 1,094 pounds."

As mentioned in the video notes, the largest mass-printed Bible is the Macklin edition of 1800, weighing in at a mere 130 pounds. Its publisher Thomas Macklin, dealer in prints and impresario of English art, lavished upon its pages dozens of costly copperplate engravings after paintings by Henry Fuseli, Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, and Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg. Many of those prints can be seen in the online collection of the British Museum.
posted by Iridic (9 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
That's pretty darn cool. But in the last seconds of that video you can see how the text gets cut off by the binding in the middle. That lack of margin drives me bonkers when I see it.
posted by zardoz at 3:29 PM on January 15 [5 favorites]


Are these guys Jimmy Swaggart's ancestors?
posted by marienbad at 3:47 PM on January 15 [1 favorite]


Great - now do the Pali Canon...
posted by symbioid at 3:52 PM on January 15


It looks like an enormous volume of the CCH Standard Federal Tax Reporter. I think I had a nightmare about that once.
posted by interplanetjanet at 6:09 PM on January 15


Great - now do the Pali Canon...
It has already been done, and at much larger scale.
posted by b1tr0t at 6:28 PM on January 15 [2 favorites]


Does it come with oversized novelty sunglasses?
posted by Brocktoon at 7:35 PM on January 15 [1 favorite]


The old-timeyness of the video makes me imagine a Chaplinesque slapstick where they frantically try to get it inside to avoid a sudden rainstorm, but through a door that isn't big enough.
posted by XMLicious at 8:24 PM on January 15 [2 favorites]


Thanks, b1tr0t, I didn't realize that! :)
posted by symbioid at 9:02 AM on January 16


you can see how the text gets cut off by the binding in the middle. That lack of margin drives me bonkers when I see it.
Yeah, that seems like an odd error to make. To go through all of that trouble for a book you can't read ...
posted by dg at 2:24 PM on January 16


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