Baylor Libraries to Display Lost Gutenberg Bible

Sept. 18, 2013

The Yancey family will present Baylor University with a Lost Gutenberg Bible for display and academic use, in honor of the Yancey's dedication to the university on Friday, Sept. 20 in the Crouch Fine Arts Library on the third floor of Moody Memorial Library. The ceremony is open to all.

Tim Yancey and Michael Chrisman found 128 original copies of a 1961 printing of the Gutenberg Bible in an old warehouse. They bound the bibles using the same 15th century techniques Gutenberg would have displayed and named their completed bibles, The Lost Gutenbergs.

Yancey and Chrisman have spent the last five years researching and binding The Lost Gutenbergs. Each volume is sewn by hand and bound between wooden boards, which are then pulled tightly to create a natural curve for the spine. Once the book is bound, leather tooling is carefully done by hand. Each volume requires more than 200 of these impressions to create the bible's design.

Tim Yancey, who is Chick-fil-A's senior director of distribution and logistics, credits his passion for bookbinding from his interest in antiquarian books. He says that his knowledge of business and finance greatly helped him and Chrisman cofound their restoration company, Bookbinders Workshop.

His wife, Connie Yancey of Liberty, Texas, is a two-time Baylor graduate who is a part of Raceway Ministries of Atlanta. While at Baylor, Mrs. Yancey was very involved with campus activities including Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Baylor Libraries as a student assistant.