Catholic Relics Find A New Sanctuary

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati relocates 170 years’-worth of archival materials.
19th-century German Bible
19th-century German Bible

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway/OMS

Family bibles once served as official documentation of marriages, births, and deaths. This German bible, however—part of 170 years’ worth of archival materials moved by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to its new facility on E. Eighth Street—never quite made it into the hands of a family. Printed in the mid-1800s, it contains a series of etchings every third page by French artist Gustave Doré (and likely a few apprentices). Weighing roughly 15 pounds, a substantial heft for any bible, it’s only the first of two volumes.


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