San Francisco: Printed by Edwin & Robert Grabhorn for John Howell at the Sign of the Open Book, 1930.
From an edition limited to 580 copies, this is one of 515 copies in the "Colonial Edition" Inserted leaf from the Bible printed by Robert Aitken, Philadelphia, 1782 (from Deuteronomy); and 8 illustrations. 34 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Original half leather and paper boards, spine gilt. Bottom corners and head and foot of spine rubbed. Bookplate on front pastedown. Very good. Grabhorn Bibliography 131. Item #253119
From an edition limited to 580 copies (this is one of 515 copies in the "Colonial Edition"), printed for John Howell Books by the Grabhorn Press and containing an essay by Edwin Grabhorn on typography in America in 1776. This volume contains an original leaf from a copy of the Aitken Bible, one of the most celebrated American bibles, being the first complete English Bible printed in America. During the colonial era, the monopoly on printing English bibles belonged to the Royal Printer, and the colonies were supplied entirely with bibles printed in England. The only Bible printed in the British colonies in America was the famous Eliot Indian Bible, in Algonquian, issued in Cambridge in 1661-63 and reprinted in 1680-85. With the Revolution, this monopoly naturally ended, and the embargo on goods from England acted to create a shortage. Aitken, a Philadelphia printer, undertook the task, producing the New Testament in 1781 and the Old Testament in 1782. On completion, he petitioned the Continental Congress for their endorsement and received it in September 1782. Because of this official endorsement and the reasons behind its production, the Aitken Bible is often referred to as "The Bible of the Revolution"
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