Bible in English
- ink and paper
2 parts in one volume, 12mo (6 1/8 x 3 1/2 in.; 155 x 89 mm). Text in double-columns, unpaginated, ornamental border and woodcut arms of Philadelphia on General title-page, printer's woodcut monogram on title-page verso of New Testament; lacking blank leaf between the Testaments (Aaa6), paper flaw in lower outer corner of leaves E6-7 touching two words, some minor browning and spotting throughout, small dampstains in top margin of first few quires and elsewhere. Contemporary leather; upper joint cracked, head of spine chipped, corners torn. In a half-morocco slipcase.
Before the war, British printers held the royal patent to publish the King James bible, to the exclusion of American printers. During the war, importation of English bibles ceased. When sales of Aitken's edition was threatened by the arrival of peace, Congress passed a resolution on 10 September to protect Aitken's investment. In true entrepreneurial spirit, Aitken inserted a copy of the resolution just after the title page.
With points: 1 Timothy 4:16 reading "thy doctrine" for "the"; 2 Kings 7:12 reading "not" for "now"; but Hosea 6 is correctly numbered. This is a very good copy in a contemporary binding whereas known copies (approximately fifty are extant) are often rebound or "found in poor condition of paper, and with narrow margins" (Evans).