1816 · New York
In 1815, New Yorker David Bruce produced the first Bible made from stereotype plates manufactured in the United Sates. This Bible, produced only a year later, was printed using exactly the same plates with only a date and imprint change on the title-page and on that of the New Testament. D. & G. Bruce's notice dated June, 1815, appears on verso of the main title-page, telling us that the text "has been copied from the Edinburgh edition printed under the revision of the General Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland, and are [sic] fully compared with the Cambridge, Oxford, Hartford, and New-York editions."
Provenance: From the Michael Zinman collection.
Hills 301; O'Callaghan p. 135; Shaw & Shoemaker 36953. Brown period calf with damaged spine, lacking perhaps ten percent of leather, and rubbing; joints open with rear board firmly attached, front one loosening; old ink and pencil annotations on endpapers. Some gatherings closely trimmed with no loss of text; one leaf torn with loss of part or whole of bottom line of one column, each side. Foxing, browning, age-toning throughout; waterstaining intermittently. An interesting example of how stereotype plates can "move" after they are made. (Inventory #: 35968)