This is a photo of Roy Gearhart with his replica of our original 1733 Bible that I made for him. I have made Roy a small library of books that he takes with him each time he reenacts. Roy has made many of my beautiful pieces of wooden bookbinding presses, sewing frames, and other equipment of various sorts. His work looks and works fantastically.
The Bookbinders CASE Unfolded…is a detailed period explanation of what goes into binding a period book.
I’m Rounding the Back of my replica of Robert Aitken 1777 New Testament. This was the first New Testament Made in America.
This is an engraving based on The Young Franklin by E. Wood Perry showing Ben Franklin working a press in his brother’s print shop in Boston.
This is a photo of Ross Shaw with his 1733 New Testament that I made for him.
This is the first page of the Apocrypha from our original Bible that also appears in our replica of this original 1715 Old Testament. The one on the left is the original scan and the one on the right is after I cleaned that page up. David Moody scanned this entire Apocrypha for us.
Was the Apocrypha in the original King James Bible? If so, why is it not in there now?
Answer: For a really detailed answer go to pages 222-228 of Alister McGrath’s book, In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture. It’s a complicated story that went on for centuries. It involves theology, but was finally decided by money. The answer is that it was in the original 1611 King James Bible. It remained in most published King James Bibles until 1826 when the missionary societies removed it for financial reasons. The first English-language Bible printed in North America in 1782, Robert Aitken’s “Bible of the Revolution”, did not have the Apocrypha. But it wasn’t untill 1826 that the Apocrypha disappeared from most all King James Bibles. Today, it is mostly impossible to get a major biblical publisher to allow the Apocrypha to be printed within a Bible, even when printing a reproduction that originally had it within.
This is a photo of Ron (Roundman) Gholson holding his 1733 deerskin covered Bible that I made for him. If you want a Bible like Ron’s, you can commission me to make one for you. See more about this Bible on my web page at the following link: Click Here