Collection ID



Bible - Printed Book








Printed on Paper


14.5 × 10.9 × 3 in. (36.9 × 27.6 × 7.5 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on View

The Clementine Vulgate, first published in 1592, remained the authorized Bible of the Catholic Church for nearly four centuries. In 1546, partly in response to the Protestant Reformation, the Council of Trent declared the Latin Vulgate to be the authentic version of the Bible recognized by the Catholic Church. Yet, at the time, no version of the Vulgate was accepted as standard. After decades of study and debate, Pope Sixtus V issued an authorized edition in 1590. In 1592, however, Pope Clement VIII and Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, later named a Doctor of the Church, updated the text, in part, due to typographical errors. The “Clementine” Vulgate remained the church’s standard Bible until 1979. This copy is a first edition, printed in 1592.

Printed in 1592 by Typographia Apostolica Vaticana, Italy. Acquired in 1886 by Andover Newton Theological Seminary, Massachusetts.[1] Acquired by the 2000s by David C. Lachman, private collector, Pennsylvania; Purchased in the 2000s by Sidney Ohlhausen, private collector, Houston, Texas;[2] Purchased in 2015 by Tenny Family Bible Collection, private collection, Krum, Texas; Donated in 2020 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Andover Newton Theological Seminary’s library stamp, with the date October 12, 1886, is located opposite of the title page and the preface. The school’s bookplate is also located on the rear pastedown. [2] Information from Sidney Ohlhausen via email, December 2020.

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