Hand Binding a Hieroglyphick Bible for Children

I am taking photos as I go along so that you will get an idea of what goes into hand binding a book like they did in the 17th & 18th centuries.  Scroll down to see the photos that I have taken of this process thus far.   I will add more as I go along.

Children’s Bibles like this Hieroglyphic Bible in the eighteenth century often employed the use of images to represent words and ideas to make memorization of and engagement with the Bible more appealing to children.

The full title of this book is A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible, or, Select passages in the Old and New Testaments, represented with emblematical figures, for the amusement of youth : designed chiefly to familiarize tender age, in a pleasing and diverting manner, with early ideas of the Holy Scriptures : to which are subjoined, a short account of the lives of the Evangelists, and other pieces, illustrated with cuts.

In 18th century Protestant Great Britain and her colonies, an individual’s ability to read the Bible was considered a necessity for spiritual growth. Yet, children who were not yet able to read and comprehend the Bible needed a simplified version which would lead them to Christian faith. A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible offered children a fun way to learn Bible stories while also learning how to read. (At that time, the word “curious” meant carefully made, not strange or odd!) Each page offers a Bible verse set out with certain key words replaced with images. Some of the hieroglyphs are hard to decipher so thankfully each Scripture verse is printed on the bottom of each page.

If you would like to learn more about this Bible and see each page in a slide show format, visit my web page at the following link:  Click Here