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The Bible of the Revolution

The Aitken Bible, The Bible of the Revolution - an early American printed Bible trending on Biblio.com #rarebooks

Interior page with provenance of previous owners.

The Aitken Bible was the first Bible printed in America.

The first complete Bible in the newly formed nation was printed in Philadelphia in 1782 by Robert Aiken, although there had been copies of the Bible printed when the land was still considered British colonies, as well as copies printed in German.

THE HOLY BIBLE, CONTAINING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS: NEWLY TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORIGINAL TONGUES; AND WITH THE FORMER TRANSLATIONS DILIGENTLY COMPARED AND REVISED

Printed and sold by Robert Aitken, this Bible was created in response to a shortage of the Holy Book on American soil due to the embargo on goods from England during the American Revolution.  The Continental Congress itself endorsed the creation of this Bible, leading to this often being called “The Bible of the Revolution.

This specific edition that everyone has been looking at so far today is listed on Biblio by William Reese Company – Americana.

Read more about this specific listing here, including details on its condition, provenence, and history.

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3 Comments

  • I am interested to know if such a book could be purchased and what would be cost of this Bible. Is this the only one available?

  • Thank you so much for presenting this magnificent copy of The Holy Bible. I suppose it is still a best seller, but if not, most definitely should be. It is refreshing that you have not wiped the slate clean of religious (Christianity) historical artifacts.

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