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Publication Date: 1791

"The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments: with the Apocrypha. Translated out of the original tongues, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised, by the special command of King James I, of England.

The first folio Bible printed in America was also the first to be illustrated and is considered the most distinguished Bible produced in the country during the eighteenth century. The printer, Isaiah Thomas, was called "the Baskerville of America" by Benjamin Franklin, himself an astute judge of typography. The text was carefully considered, Thomas having consulted thirty different editions of the King James version to prepare the most correct copy. Proofs were examined by two clergymen of Worcester, the reverends Aaron Bancroft and Samuel Austin, who compared the settings with eight editions of the Bible.

Fifty copperplate engravings are interspersed throughout. Several of the most noted American engravers were engaged for the project: Samuel Hill, John Norman, Joseph Seymour, and Amos Doolittle. Each book begins with an ornamental initial, and there are woodcuts at the beginnings of the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha." #0038

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