1812 · Philadelphia
The first Stereotyped Bible Printed in America. The Bible Society of Philadelphia, founded in 1808 with Bp. William White as its first president, was the first Bible society organized in the United States. It published this, the first stereotype Bible printed in the U.S., from plates imported from London; the B.F.B.S. contributed £500 towards the purchase of the plates, and they were admitted to the U.S. free of import duties. The initial run produced 1050 copies of the complete Bible and 750 copies of the New Testament, in double columns in very small type.
Provenance: Signature of Edward H. Mills dated 27 May 1843 on front pastedown. From the collection of Michael Zinman.
Shaw & Shoemaker 24835; Hills 213; Herbert 1560; O'Callaghan 110; Wright, Early Bibles of America, 192–93; Rumball-Petre 189. Contemporary sheep, rubbed with joints opening and leather lost at spine head; wormwork to spine and some margins of text. Volume "soft" with sewing pulling away from spine and a few gatherings separated; text foxed and browned, as often; several leaves, perhaps two dozen, damaged with some loss of text, perhaps a dozen more with small tears. Lacking two leaves of the Old Testament, all others present. A distressed copy of this important edition and priced accordingly. (Inventory #: 35967)