World's Largest Bible (Waynai)
In 1956, the ACU Library (then ACC) received a gift from the Rosen Heights church of Christ in Fort Worth that still remains the "largest" donation in this library's history. This copy of the entire King James Bible was completed by Louis Waynai in Los Angeles, CA, in 1930, two years after he had begun the project. Devoting more than 8,700 hours to the book, Mr. Waynai printed the text using a large home-made rubber stamp press.
When laid open, the Waynai Bible measures 43.5 inches tall and 98 inches wide. Closed, the spine is 34 inches thick. The book has 8,048 pages and weighs in at 1,094 pounds. It now rests in an oak and glass case donated by Willa B Patterson ('34) and built by Jim Mitchell ('69) in 1989. The book was constructed so that it can be disassembled into 31 sections for moving purposes. Since its arrival at ACU in 1956, it has moved several times -- always with great difficulty. In September of 2006, it was moved to the Gaines B. Stanley Sr. Theological Reading Room.
Many hail the 1800 Macklin Bible as the largest English Bible in the world. It was printed in seven volumes each almost two feet tall and weighing a total of 130 pounds. The Macklin is probably the largest Bible mass produced on a printing press, but in sheer size it does not come close to the Waynai. Although this massive Bible is too fragile for reading use, it is a moving focal point of Brown Library's Bible collection.