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The 1782 Aitken Bible:
A leaf from the first Bible printed in the English language in America.
These leaves are over 230 years old. Called “The Bible of the Revolution”,
Robert Aitken’s little Bible was small enough to fit into the coat
pocket of the Revolutionary War soldiers. The leaves measure only 6 inches
tall by almost 4 inches wide. The only Bible printing ever called for
by an act of the United States Congress; this King James Version Bible
helped meet the need for scriptures while England refused to allow their
Bibles to be imported by the rebellious colonists, during the embargo
of the Revolutionary War.
As a curious side note: Robert Aitken’s daughter, Jane Aitken, went on to become the first woman in the history of the world to ever print a Bible. Jane published a translation into English done by the Secretary of the United States Congress, which was itself actually the first non-King James version English language Bible ever printed in America (or the Western Hemisphere for that matter).
Robert Aitken’s Bible was printed at his Philadelphia print shop,
using an early American movable-type press. The paper stock is a thick
grade of wood-pulp paper, as cotton was deemed to be too expensive for
this production. Imagine …having a leaf from the first
English Bible printed in America: The 1782 Aitken Bible.
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