The British Library is releasing further treasure from its archives in eBook format.
The Luttrell Psalter, William Tyndale’s New Testament and Sultan Baybar’s Qur’an are the latest to be released under the library’s eBook Treasures iPad range.
The Luttrell Psalter is regarded as one of the most important medieval books in the world, containing hundreds of lavishly decorated pages depicting everyday medieval life.
It was made for Sir Geoffrey Luttrell in Lincolnshire between 1325 and 1335 and is regarded as a masterpiece of the illuminators art.
The eBook contains additional written and audio material as well as a 20 minute film inspired by the images contained in the margins of the Psalter.
The British Library owns one of just three copies of William Tyndale’s 1526 English translation of the New Testament and the Library’s copy, unlike the two others, has been beautifully illuminated.
The text was once considered revolutionary and subversive as it gave the layman the chance to read the Scriptures for themselves and it has since been absorbed into subsequent English-language Bibles most importantly, the King James Bible of 1611.
The Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an is one of the most magnificent Qur’ans in the British Library. Produced in Cairo in seven volumes between 1304 and 1306 AD (704-705 in the Muslim calendar) it is named after the Mamluk ruler who commissioned it, Rukn al-Din Baybars al-Jashnagir.
It is the earliest dated Qur’an of the Mamluk period. This eBook Treasures version contains selected highlights from all seven volumes and features interpretative materials and traditional chants.
All three books can be bought from Apple’s iBookstore