I’m Hand Binding my replica of the Bay Psalm Book and 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 century. Scroll down to see the photos that I have taken of this process thus far. I will add more as I go along.
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.
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These photos were taken at the 8:30 Divine Service led by Tad Miller this morning at the Fort Fredrick Market Fair. Photos courtesy of Jim Rogers.
This is an original letter written by Robert Aitken to John Nicholson regarding money due on property purchased by Aitken from Charles Ludwig for use as his printing house. In this letter dated July 7th, 1797 he mentions that his printing house is closed. This original letter is Courtesy of The Rosenbach Museum & Library.
I reluctantly mention the frequent Dunns & noisys calls of Chr. Ludwick for a 2nd payment of 300 pounds for the purchase of the house for printing office ___I thought to mention this much, fearing I cannot be further favor with your assistance___he seems extremely anxious, I know not how to put him off without cash, which I assuredly have not, or know where for to get it__the printing business is closed with the enevality, at present, nothing can be done to any advantage, a most afflicting consideration with demands on
Your most Affecitionate
This is a letter written by Robert Aitken to John Nicholson which contains Aitken’s proposal to sell his printing house property and equipment, dated August 14th, 1797. This original letter is Courtesy of The Rosenbach Museum & Library. This letter makes me sad.
My Dear Sir,
The difficulty of the times, the tardy & uncertain payment of monies due, various loses incurred, & at present no prospect of printing work, I have been let to contemplate the sale of Ludwicks purchase, with the additional building & the whole material of my printing office______
If I could get or nearly, 2,000 pounds for the buildings____ and 1500 pounds for my printing utensils, or nearly that sum____ would it not be better for me to ease my mind in old age, & clear off all demands & give my whole attention to my trade of Book Binding, & stationary store & try to import articles for daily sale, as I find, many irons in the fire, some cool, but a loss incurred; especially when I have not a suitable fund of cash to carry on with, I must confess the printing when carried on & supported with ready money will yield something to advantage, but truly not the advantage the Public so much & often guesses at_____
It would be imprudent to be hasty in a matter of such importance, although I think, I forever, a prudent, & perhaps, a wise necessity_____ I have my Dear Sir, my sincere friend, taking liberty to communicate my private meditation on the above subject in for no other purpose, than your sound judgment & advise____please write me, particularly, what is your opinion? After meditation on this notion of mine____will you be so kind, of which I have no doubt at all, will you direct
My Dear Sir,
Your Most Affectionate
Robert Aitken’s bookbinder’s tickets and his advertisements in the newspaper all contained his business location. Some described his location as in or at Pope’s Head, in Market Street, near the Coffee House. Another says, Nearly Opposite the London Coffee- House, Front-Street, Philadelphia. Another ad says, Three doors above the Coffee House, in Market Street. While another says, in Market Street, near Coffee House. See them all below. The book, Market Street, Philadelphia; the most historic highway in America, its merchants and its story: Jackson, Joseph, 1867-1946 gives his street address as 106 Market Street. I assume that this street address was given to his location years later in the 19th century. This address is on the corner of Front & Market Street. See his tickets, bookplates, and ads below. In addition, notice the photo of the London Coffee House so often mentioned in his address.
The ad was run in papers from 1782-83
This is a book ticket commonly found in his books.
This is an ad from Sept. 4th, 1782
This is an ad from April 16th , 1783
London Coffee House @ Southwest Corner of Front and Market Street, taken 1859
Got some extra cash? There are two original 1782 “Bibles of the Revolution” for sale for $150,000 each right now, via Abe Books. See the ads below.
This is the last of Robert Aitken’s, 1782 Bible ads that I have been able to find. This on makes ten in all. In this April 16th, 1783 edition of Freeman’s Journal Aitken started advertising the books, The Fables of AESOP and The Psalms of David along with his “Bible of the Revolution” on separate pages, but still no Congressional report as he had the year before.