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Heritage Edition Gifted to ASU Special Collections

October 28, 2010 - The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) at Arizona State University (ASU) unveiled the Heritage Edition at its annual Distinguished Lecture in Medieval Studies on Oct. 28 at the ASU Tempe campus. The Heritage Edition was donated by Phoenix resident George Berkner, a 1956 Saint John’s University graduate. It will be preserved and made accessible for class lectures or scholarly research at the Universities’ Special Collections in Hayden Library and in the offices of ACMRS.

In ac­cordance with Mr. Berkner's wishes, the Heritage Edition will be available for viewing by ASU faculty, staff and students, as well as by members of the community.  According to Robert Spindler, university archivist and head of ASU's Archives and Special Collections, students and faculty will employ the Bible to emphasize the importance of the international transmission of intellectual texts and religious faith through early print production and distribution.

"Special Collections will work with faculty to create effective learning opportunities that celebrate authentic rare books and accurate or creative facsimiles," said Spindler. Special Collections has sought and acquired historic rare books, facsimile editions and exemplarily book art pieces that enable research, instruction and comparative study in a variety of disciplines including art history and religious studies. "ASU has found that the Heritage Edition, with its outstanding design and craftsmanship, places Biblical texts in broader contexts for comparative study," he added.

The Heritage Edition was also showcased during ASU's Homecoming Week in late October. The University Libraries anticipates numerous requests for exhibitions. Arizona State University is ranked one of the world’s top universities for quality education, faculty and research.

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