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JOHN BROWN SELF-INTERPRETING BIBLE (1847) - $144 (London)

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BACKGROUND

John Brown (1722-1787) was a Scottish weaver who became a Presbyterian minister.
Although self-educated, he prepared an annotated Bible, Bible dictionary and concordance,
and a metrical version of the Psalms. His self-interpreting Bible appeared first in 1778 in
Edinburgh and was reprinted many times in both Scotland and America. A Bible used on
the Battleship Texas was even a Self-Interpreting Bible (displayed elsewhere in the Museum).
This edition, the first Bible printed in New York, was printed by subscription in forty parts over
a period of two years. The first subscriber was George Washington. He was President at the time
and living in New York, then the capital.

The list of subscribers for the 1792 Self-Interpreting Bible printed in New York included the
occupations and state of the subscriber. Selling Bibles on subscription was frequent in the early
19th century. Subscriptions enabled the printer to know how many Bibles to print. As portions
of the Bible were printed, subscribers would receive the portions in paper wrappers every month.
After about two years, they would have the entire Bible. Then they could take it to the binder to
be bound. This method enabled long-term payments by the subscriber, and helped the printer in
that he did not have to store up all the printed pages for the two years it took him to print the Bible.
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OVER 175 YEARS OLD, LIKELY THE OLDEST BOOK YOU MAY EVER OWN!
(i just hope i still look that good when i get to that age ;)

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