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Month: June 2018

Mark Bentley His 1733 New Testament

This is Mark Bentley holding his 1733 New Testament that I made for him. You too can purchase a replica of our original 1733 New Testament from my Etsy Store at the following link:  Click here to purchase from my Etsy Store 
Would you please send photos of you and your friends, in your period attire, holding or using books that I have made for you? Thanks in advance.

Just Printed Bound and Ready for Sale: 1st English New Testament Made in America, 1777

For Sale: $245  You can purchase this New Testament from my Etsy Store at the following link:  Click here to purchase from my Etsy Store

This is my replica of the first New Testament, in English, made in America. It measures about 1 1/4″ thick by 3 7/8″ wide by 6 1/2″ tall.   Robert Aitken first advertised his New Testament for sale in the August 28, 1777 edition of the Pennsylvania Evening Post. The transcription of this ad is below:

“Just printed (bound and ready for sale) by R. Aitken, printer and bookseller, opposite the London Coffee-house, Frontstreet, a neat edition of THE NEW TESTAMENT for the use of schools, where may be had writing paper of different kinds, particularly letter paper of the first quality, and several hundreds of excellent quills.”
Before the Revolution, it had been impossible to print an English language version of the Bible in the colonies because no American printers held a license from the King granting permission to print the Bible. The war cut off shipments of Bibles from Great Britain, but also got rid of the need for the license; thereby creating a shortage of Bibles and the ability to print them in America.

Robert Aitken stepped in to fill this void. Beginning in 1777, Aitken began publishing and selling New Testaments. Demand was heavy, so every year, for the next five years, Aitken published a new edition of his New Testament. In total, he published five editions: Aitken’s second edition was published in 1778; his third in 1779; his fourth in 1780; and finally his last and fifth edition was published in 1781. I am unsure of the number of New Testaments Aitken printed each year, but I expect that it was somewhere between one thousand and ten thousand.

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Trapper Kills Many His 1733 New Testament

I took this photo of “Trapper Kills Many” with his 1733 New Testament at Martin’s Station in Virginia a few years back. Let me know, if you could like a New Testament like his.  I have a couple ready for you right now.  Would you please send me photos of you and your friend in your period attire and holding or using books that I have made for you or them?  Thanks in advance.  If you would like to see how I hand-bind these New Testament using period techniques, please visit my web page at the following link:  Click Here

Eating Humble Pie

They tell me that it is good to be humble??? It sort of hurts. Polly is going through photos from over a decade ago. I look great, but those first New Testaments that I made are an embarrassment. I don’t really look good 🙂  I need to buy all those back and burn them. No, I will not share any photos of them. I hope that my apprentices never get a chance to see them.
Humble for at least a day ~ James Moore, aka “Bibleman” who used to really suck.
Have mercy and don’t post photos of my old books 🙂

Signature Piercing Cradle

I just just finished this signature piercing cradle. I lined it with calfskin. I am using it to pierce the signatures of my replica of Robert Aitken’s 1782 “Bible of the Revolution” that I am making for The George Washington Inn in Port Angeles, Washington, USA. This book will be able to be examined there in their library. Looks like the punch side needs a little more work. I should teach someone else how to make these so that they can start making for me. To learn more about this Bible, visit my web page at the following link:  Click Here

John Wesley Recommends My 1734 Book of Common Prayer

“I BELIEVE there is no LITURGY in the World, either in ancient or modern language, which breathes more of a solid, scriptural, rational Piety, than the COMMON PRAYER (BOOK) of the CHURCH of ENGLAND . . .” ~ John Wesley. To learn more about my original 1734 Book of Common Prayer that I replicate, visit my web page at the following link:  Click Here