The Sir John and Mary Craig Scripture


The Sir John and Mary Craig Scripture Collection consists of more than 2,000 cataloged items. Notable among them:

  • 45 single-leaf manuscripts dating from the 12th century.

  • 9 books of exegesis, philosophy, and theology, and eight completed Bibles printed before 1501.

  • The first English translation of the Latin Vulgate: the Rheims New Testament of 1582 and the two-volume Douai Old Testament of 1609-10.

  • The first American edition of the Doway-Rheims Bible published by Matthew Carey in Philadelphia in 1790.

  • 1763 Saur Bible from Germantown, the first Bible printed on paper made in colonial America .

  • Craig Codex—manuscripts of the Gospels, the Acts of Apostles, and the Epistles of Saint Paul scribed upon 70 vellum leaves in handmade ink, featuring 64 red and blue illuminated capitals. It was created at the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Bertin in Saint Omer, France in 1228.

To make an appointment to tour any of the University of Saint Mary collections, please call De Paul Library at 913-758-6306.