Thumb Bibles were a favorite gift or reward for American children at the beginning of the 19th century, but they were enough of a curiosity that they found audiences among other classes of readers and collectors as well. This reissue of an early Cincinnati imprint, retaining the Truman, Smith, & Co. copyright but adding the information that this printing was stereotyped by J.A. James of Cincinnati, is richly illustrated with => 26 full-page wood engravings. The text (on pages that are a hair less than 2" tall) offers its young audience favorite Bible stories: Jonah and the whale, Adam and Eve, Exodus, the Nativity, the Crucifixion, and so on; it reproduces that of Bible History (New York: S. Wood, 1813, and later). Many copies reported to NUC Pre-1956 and WorldCat are mutilated and incomplete, this one lacking the frontispiece. Binding: Brown publisher's cloth, spine lettered and stamped in gilt, covers framed in blind around floral design with front flower gilt, all edges gilt. Provenance: Pencilled signature of Wilie Sheldon on front endpaper; later in the Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released). 32mo (5.4 cm; 2.125"). ?192 pp.; illus. ("plates" counted in pagination). Lacks frontispiece. Adomeit A79; American Imprints 23308. Bound as above, lightly rubbed especially to gilt areas, faded and somewhat dust-darkened with a few small spots. Lacking frontispiece and marked as above, light age-toning with a few spots, many corners bent or worn away. Housed in a much larger mustard buckram clamshell with gilt lettering and evidence of library label on spine; clearly, valued. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The child's Bible. With plates. By a lady of...
Publisher: Henry F. Anners [? 1834]
Publication Date: 1834
Book Description Fisher & Brother: Philadelphia et al (1834). Illus, 3 x 2.5", gilt- stamped cloth, 192pp, poor copy: lacks pp 161-62, pencil scribbles, damp staining, hinges cracked, signatures loose, dog eared, covers poor, warped, darkened, waterstained, extremities frayed, etc. SWAF. Seller Inventory # 95-8991
Book Description Fisher and Brother, Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and Boston, 1834. Illustrated. 192 pp. Stereotyped by J. A. James, Cincinnati. 1 vols. Miniature (2 x 1-3/4 inches). Rust cloth stamped in blind. Slightlly rubbed. Very good, fresh copy Illustrated. 192 pp. Stereotyped by J. A. James, Cincinnati. 1 vols. Miniature (2 x 1-3/4 inches). Seller Inventory # 255846