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1812 HOLY BIBLE American 1ST STEREOTYPED EDITION Leather ANTIQUE Hamilton FAMILY See original listing
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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. Stereotype Edition.

T. Rutt, Stereotyped for the Bible Society at Philadelphia, 1812. 1st Ed.

 This is an extremely rare copy of the first stereotyped Bible printed in the United States. The plates were prepared in London and they arrived in October of 1812. The US Government allowed them to enter duty free & the initial print run was only 1050 Bibles, one of which is right here!  Bible is bound in original leather boards, with rounding to covers, and some minor scuffs and wear points. Hinges intact in front, the rear opened with the final EP detached. Some browning and staining throughout but nothing major.  Center gutter split with resulting protrusion of page edges and a handful of detached leaves. some edgewear and a few chips as a result. Family info on last EP for the Hamilton family.  This is truly one of the rarest and most sought after American printed American Bibles. Good luck!



Shortly after the Bible Society of Philadelphia (now the Pennsylvania Bible Society) was formed in December 1808, the managers wanted to implement a printing process used in England by the British and Foreign Bible Society to mass produce Bibles called stereotyping. This method of printing was used sparingly in the United States during the early 1800s but never for publishing Bibles. Considering the high costs of such an endeavor, the managers decided to start off distributing Bibles purchased from Bible publishers in Philadelphia over its initial two years in operation. However the managers knew that utilizing the stereotype printing method would greatly increase Scripture distribution in Philadelphia and around the country, the managers raised over $7,000* with help from all the existing bible societies in America and from the British and Foreign Bible Society between 1809 and 1811. Once all the financing was gained an order for a set of stereotype plates was placed in Britain. However, getting the plates across the ocean and into the United States wasn’t without its issues. Since the U.S. and Great Britain were at war in 1812 there were tariffs placed on all imports from Britain and the U.S. customs house in Philadelphia was going to charge the Bible Society thousands of dollars to allow the plates into the country. Not having the funds to pay this fee, the managers petitioned to the state government and then to both houses of Congress for relief of these duties. This relief passed both the house and the senate and the Bible Society was allowed to import these plates free of charge. Once in the hands of printers thousands of Bibles were instantly printed and distributed to all parts of the country. Eventually over 17,000 Bibles and New Testaments would be printed from these and future plates. The forward-thinking of the managers placed the Bible Society at a unique advantage being the first institution in the U.S. to use this printing process, which became the standard for printing Bibles in the decades to follow.

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