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The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments: translated out of the original tongues; and with the former translations diligently compared and revised.

Bible. English. 1816. Authorized (i.e., "King James Version").

Published by Printed & published by W. Mercein, New York, 1816
From SessaBks (ABAA, ILAB) (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

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In 1815, New Yorker David Bruce produced the first Bible made from stereotype plates manufactured in the United Sates. This Bible, produced only a year later, was printed using exactly the same plates with only a date and imprint change on the title-page and on that of the New Testament. D. & G. Bruce's notice dated June, 1815, appears on verso of the main title-page, telling us that the text "has been copied from the Edinburgh edition printed under the revision of the General Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland, and are [sic] fully compared with the Cambridge, Oxford, Hartford, and New-York editions." Provenance: From the Michael Zinman collection. 12mo (18.2 cm, 7.25"). 684 pp. Hills 301; O'Callaghan p. 135; Shaw & Shoemaker 36953. Brown period calf with damaged spine, lacking perhaps ten percent of leather, and rubbing; joints open with rear board firmly attached, front one loosening; old ink and pencil annotations on endpapers. Some gatherings closely trimmed with no loss of text; one leaf torn with loss of part or whole of bottom line of one column, each side. Foxing, browning, age-toning throughout; waterstaining intermittently. An interesting example of how stereotype plates can "move" after they are made. Bookseller Inventory # 35968

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Title: The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New ...

Publisher: Printed & published by W. Mercein, New York

Publication Date: 1816

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