New Testament of our lord and saviour Jesus Christ ... translated out of the original Greek; and with the former translations diligently compared and revised.
by Bible. N.T. English. Authorized (i.e. King James version). [1943?].
Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing Co. 32mo (11.5 cm; 4.5"). 512 pp.. [ca. 1943] This wartime New Testament was fitted with a heavy "gold"-plated steel front cover, inscribed "May this Keep You Safe from Harm." The volume was sized to fit in a soldier's vest pocket and the metal cover was meant to stop or at least lessen the deadly force of a bullet; it was sold as an optional add-on to the basic leather binding and was marketed as "the heart shield" "The heart-shield Bible fits snugly in uniform pockets. The engraved gold-plated steel front cover protects his heart.
Flexible pebbled leather, lower edge of rear leather perished; metal cover, very much tarnished with "gold" partly perished. Paper of text attractively clean. Good++ condition; an evocative relic.
(Inventory #: 36411)
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