Lot 7
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Bible in English [Thomson’s Bible]

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The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Covenant, commonly called the Old and New Testament: Translated from the Greek. Philadelphia: Jane Aitken, 1808

4 volumes, 8vo (8½ x 5¼ in.; 215 x 133 mm). General title and four volume titles; lightly browned with occasional spotting or small inkstains. Contemporary tree sheep, morocco gilt spine labels, in a maroon buckram slipcase; volume one rebacked with original spine laid down, other spines mended, corners torn, scuffed.

Literature

Herbert 1514; Hills 153; O’Callaghan 1808.2; Wright, p. 113

Catalogue Note

First edition of the first translation of the ancient Greek Old Testament into English. Charles Thomson (1729-1824), secretary to the Continental Congress (1774-1789), devoted himself to the Greek bible or Septuagint, an ancient translation from the original Hebrew, upon his retirement and this translation took 19 years to complete. Published by Jane Aitken, the first woman to print any part of the Bible in America, and the daughter of the printer Robert Aitken who printed the first English bible in America. The fourth volume contains Thomson’s translation of the New Testament.
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