Religio Collectible Book Series
Religio Collectible Book Series
A series of illustrated religious books focusing on the multiple ways to go towards God, through text and pictures.
A series of illustrated religious books focusing on the multiple ways to go towards God, through text and pictures. Read more
About this project
I started this project eight months ago when I purchased the "Images of the Evengelical Gospels" from the Jesuits and a poor copy was sent out. I found the book on archive.org and cleaned it up in Photoshop and had a Latin-to-English translation done. Then I had an idea about doing a set of books for sale.
I originally started laying out thirty books: some regular textual books, some emblem, and some a combination. I brought the list down to the seven you see here:
- King James Holy Bible (Genesis through Second Chronicles)
- King James Holy Bible (Ezra through Malachi)
- King James Holy Bible (New Testament)
- Images of the Evangelical Gospels by Jerome Nadal, et al.
- Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton
- The Divine Comedy: Inferno by Dante Alighieri
- The Divine Comedy: Purgatory and Paradise by Dante Alighieri
I did most of the work in Photoshop and InDesign, after scanning some of the books. The Bible images came from an old 1800s Bible I bought for $19. I made the verse numbers in green so they'd fade into the background if you were reading it as a regular story, but you could still find specific verse numbers if needed. I wanted the Bible to be a work of art, and made the layout with design considerations in that vein.
All but one of the books are illustrated by Gustave Doré. His masterful engravings have been enjoyed for many years. They are faithfully reproduced in stunning quality, full-page images.
We hope you enjoy all of them, and be sure to look for other campaigns we'll be working on in the future, because we have many more books ready for printing and binding!
If we sell all 33 numbered sets, we'll be adding to all 33 orders a replica of the emblem book "The Dance of Death" by Hans Holbein. It was so influential, it changed emblem books permanently.
If we sell all 777 numbered Bible sets, we will add a large print (16"x20") to each of the 777 orders.
If we sell both complete sets, we'll have a recording of the entire Holy Bible recorded by professional voice over (you can hear him on the video) and sent along with all orders on a USB flash drive as mp3 files, ready to be loaded onto an audio player or cell phone.
We will be setting up a website, Devoted Friends of God ( http://www.devotedfriendsofgod.com/ ) to sell the hardcover and softcover version of these books.
I will also be uploading "behind the scenes" videos of my editing and layout process for those interested during the campaign.
Risks and challenges
Since we've already laid out all the books and have them ready for print, the only "Risk or Challenge" is getting them printed and bound in a timely manner. We have one bookbinder binding the 33 seven-volume sets by hand, and a bookbinding company doing the 777 three-volume Bible. The other books will be bound when orders are placed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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