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Monday, January 4, 2021

George Washington and the Bible

The first bible printed in New York was the 1792 Rev. John Brown Self-Interpreting Bible. It was offered in individual installments, by subscription, and the very first subscriber was then-President George Washington. The names of over 1,200 subscribers are included. The Bible was printed in 40 sections, one section per "issue", and it took two years to complete.

If you would like to add one of these Bible leaves to your own collection, make certain that it is a 1792 Bible. There are many from the 1800's -- but these are not the edition that was subscribed to by Washington, nor were of the first Bibles printed in New York (if those two points happen to be of interest to you).

No need to repeat any addtional information here at this time, as there are many references to this Bible -- and its connection to Washington -- already online. I will save further examination(s) for my yearly July 4th Independence Day postings when the time comes.

 I also have a stereoview card (non-3D stereograph) from Keystone View Co., of George Washington's well-worn family Bible. To be honest, with the typesetting and the illustrations shown, it actually looks a lot like the Brown Bible.

It reminds me of seeing -- in person -- the Bible of Thomas Edison and his wife. One could see clearly that these two Bibles were used heavily. Just like the heavily-used Washington family Bible above, it is surprising that -- for people that others say were not "religious" ... or even "atheists" -- their Bibles were beaten up from use. Come to your own conclusions.