This advertisement appeared in two editions of the Philadelphia Gazette, published as The Philadelphia Gazette and DAILY ADVERTISER. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) on December 27th and December 31, 1800. This says that he is selling his business because of his age (he was 65 years old). However, according to the book referenced below, which contains a city directory in the back, he did not sell his printing shop and was still in business at the same location, 106 Market Street, in Pope’s Head, in Market Street, near the Coffee House in 1801. He died in July 13th, 1802.
The Transcription is below:
Printing Office for Sale. THE Subscriber in the decline of life, having determined to relinquish the Printing Business—He therefore offers at private Sale, two excellent Mahogany Printing Presses, together with an extensive assemblage of Printing Types, including an Hebrew and Greek font, the whole amounting to thirty-four fonts well assorted, with every requisite, in excellent order and in good condition; calculated for extensive Book-Work or a Daily Newspaper, including also, a general and useful assortment of flowers, Cuts and Ornaments, with every other implement in the Printing Business.___He will also dispose of, a two-story Brick House, on the corner of 1??? Court and Black Horse Alley, which he now occupies as a Printing Office, 18 by 35—the second story has 8 large windows, 24 panes in each—and a lofty garret for drying paper, with a cellar under the whole. The situation and accommodations are inferior to none in the city, and may be sold separate or together to suit the purchaser. For further particulars, apply to Robert Aitken, No. 22 Market-street.
I made Bruce Jennings these Divine Service hand bills for him to use at his upcoming event. These are to be passed out at his event on Friday & Saturdays leading up to his Sunday Divine Service. If he does this, his attendance will be greatly improved. These handbills are to be printed on 8 ½ X 11 pieces of laid paper. The images will print on the bottom edge of the paper. Set your paper cutter at 6 1/2″ and cut off the top long ways on your paper. Then turn the paper 90 degrees. Set your paper on 5 1/2 inches and cut the two hand bills apart. I can customize these signs for your services too. No charge for doing that for you. It is my mission and pleasure. Of course, you can print it on smaller paper or other paper as well.
The is a letter to the editor that endorses Robert Aitken’s 1782 Bible which is now know as the “Bible of the Revolution”. It appeared in the Freeman’s Journal: Or The North-American Intelligencer, VOL. II., Numb. LXXXIII. on November 20th, 1782.
This advertisement was published in the Pennsylvania Evening Post (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) on July 8th, 1778 on page 227. During this period Aitken was making his 1778 New Testament. No know copies of this New Testament survive today.
“ROBERT AITKEN, bookseller opposite the coffeehouse, Front-street, will pay good wages every Saturday evening to a sober industrious man, who understands and can work well at COPPERPLATE printing; likewise to five or six journeymen bookbinders. Books and stationary fold as usual, at the above store. Just published, and well bound, a neat edition of the NEW TESTAMENT; also CROXALL’s FABLES, containing one hundred and ninety-six plates, being a plate to every fable, with pertinent applications; the above books are certainly the best extant for the English scholar, and (in these times) rarely to be et with any where else. He has likewise wrapping paper for sale.”
This Public Notice was run by Robert Aitken in the New-York Gazette, and Weekly Mercury, published as The New-York Gazette; and the Weekly Mercury (New York, New York) on November 11th, 1774.
“FIVE PUNDS REWARD, RUNaway, on Sabbath the 30th of October last, from the Subscriber, Bookseller, opposite the London Coffee-House, Front-Street, Philadelphia, A Scots Servant Man, named Andrew Ure, about five Feet five Inches High, has long Face, is stout made, of a ruddy Complexion, has a kind of impediment in this Speech , and speaks very fast, almost unintelligible, has very thick jet black Hair, about one Inch long, and had on when he went away, a narrow brimm’d wool Hat, not cock’d, a black and shite speckled Wilting cloth Coat, trimm’d with black Ferret down the Breast, and button Holes, black horse hair Buttons, a Pair of very good Buckskin Breeches, a Pair of brown and white ribb’d Stockings, black Shoe Buckles much worn, a black Handkerchief about his Neck, a blue and white strip’d Shirt, one Coarse linen Shirt, and a check’d botton Shirt in a Bundle; he is a Book-binder by Trade, and may work as a Journeyman. Whoever takes up and secures said Andrew Ure in any Goal, shall have the above Reward, and reasonable Charges paid by Robert Aitken.
This is an ad for the 1782 Bible made by Robert Aitken, but being sold by Olney Winsor at his Shop. This ad was run in the Providence Gazette, published as The Providence Gazette AND COUNTRY JOURNAL. (Providence, Rhode Island) on May 3rd, 1783 on page 3 of the paper.
The transcription is below:
“To be Sold by OLNEY WINSOR, At his Shop, a few Doors Northward of Dr. Arnold’s Hay-Scales, A neat and well-bound American Edition of the HOLY BIBLE, Printed by Mr. ROBERT AITKEN, in Philadelphia, and examined, approved and recommended, by Congress. As this is the first Edition ever published in our Language in this Country, it is presumed that the Curious, as well as the Religious, will wish to be possessed of a Copy. They will apply soon, as but few are on Hand. Also, a small Assortment of EUROPEAN and WEST-INDIA GOODS, which will be sold on the most reasonable Terms. Constant Attendance will be given, and the smallest Favours gratefully acknowledged.”
This rare advertisement of the Robert Aitken Bible appeared in the FREEMAN’S JOURNAL OR NORTH AMERICAN INTELLIGENCER PUBLISHED IN PHILADELPHIA BY FRANCIS BAILEY, February 5, 1783.
The transcription is below:
“Robert Aitken, printer, bookseller, bookbinder, and stationer, at Pope’s Head, in Market Street, near the Coffee House, has just finished, and has now ready for sale, a new and very correct edition of The Holy Bible; With which booksellers, store keepers and others in town and country, may be supplied by wholesale and retail on the most reasonable terms the times will admit. The serious Christian will be pleased to find, that the scarcity of Bibles, of which he has so long had reason to complain, is now removed; and the Patriot will rejoice at the advance in the arts, which as at length produced The first Edition of the Holy Scriptures, in the English Language, ever printed in America; each of these will allow the merit due to so capital an undertaking; and the trader will find his interest in affording his patronage and encouragement to this work, as several circumstances, particularly the largeness of the type, and the remarkable good quality of the paper, render this edition superior to any of the same size imported from Europe. N.B. The Bibles will be sold either bound or in sheets, and a suitable discount allowed to those who purchase large quantities.”