Holy Bible (1829)

Holy Bible (1829)
This Bible was published by the American Bible Society in 1829. The American Bible Society is a "society for the promotion of worldwide circulation of the Bible without regard to race or creed... Founded in 1816 in New York City" ("American Bible Society").

This Bible is also an example of an innovation in printing that came to America in 1812: stereotyping. Stereotypes were "plates of type... made from plaster of paris molds that allowed printers to print certain works without having to reset the type every time or keep large volumes of loose type set standing in molds" (Gutjahr). Not only did it speed up the process of printing, it also made storing the type sets much simpler and less expensive.

It is purported that Joseph Smith used the layout of this Bible as inspiration for the binding and layout of the first edition of the Book of Mormon.
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“American Bible Society.” 2018. Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, January, 1

Gutjahr, Paul C. An American Bible : A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1880. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 1999.
Date Created
1829 AD
The American Bible Society
Geographical Coverage
Temporal Coverage
19th Century
Collecting Areas
English History of Writing Collection
English English Bibles
Faint, illegible handwriting on the back of the front cover - potential names of previous owners
Bibliographic Citation
The Holy Bible, Containing The Old And New Testaments: Translated Out Of The Original Tongues, And With The Former Translations Diligently Compared And Revised. New York: The American Bible Society, 1829.

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