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Bible in Greek

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Description

  • Novum Testamentum. Juxta exemplar Joannis Millii accuratissime impressum. Edito prima Americana. Worcester, MA: Isaiah Thomas, Jr., 1800
  • leather,ink,paper
12mo (6 3/4 x 4 in.; 172 x 102mm).  Double column, woodcut device on title, printer's device on verso of final leaf; marginal notes in ink, browned throughout.  Calf, red morocco lettering-piece on spine; worn, rubbed, joints starting, spine ends worn away, lower half of front free endpaper torn away, lower free endpaper not present. 

Provenance

Enoch Parsons, Middletown, CT, 1811 (inscription) — Wesleyan University (book label)

Literature

Formatting the Word of God 12.5; Darlow & Moule 4775; Evans 36952

Catalogue Note

The first Greek New Testament printed in the Western Hemisphere. The printer of this New Testament, Isaiah Thomas, Jr., was the son of Isaiah Thomas of Boston, the first major figure in American printing. Thomas's editor seems to have been a Presbyterian minister who specialized in Greek grammar (1755–1828). His name makes its only appearance just beneath the Chronological Table of the Books of the New Testament. The final pages bear an advertisement for the press, dated Christmas 1802, including titles to be made available in 1803. this does not, however, indicate a second printing of the whole text.    
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