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.”
This is an ad that Robert Aitken’s ran advertising his 1782 Bible in the Salem Gazette, published as THE SALEM GAZETTE. (Salem, Massachusetts) on October 10th, 1782, on page 3.
A correct edition, now printing in Philadelphia, by Mr. Robert Aitken, will be ready to be delivered to the subscribers by the first day of November next.
This being the first edition of THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS printed in the English language in America, it is hoped the public will give their patronage to this arduous, but necessary undertaking.
This is a period ad that Robert Aitken’s ran for his 1777 New Testament. It was published in the August 30th, 1777 edition of the Pennsylvania Evening Post, page 452, vol. III, issue 398.
This Publick Notice was published in the New-York Gazette, and Weekly Mercury, published as The New-York Gazette; and the Weekly Mercury (New York, New York) • November 14th, 1774.
Below you will see my book plate that I put in every book that I make. I have always called these sorts of things book plates. But I may be calling them book tickets from now on? Underneath my book plate, you will see Robert Aitken’s book plate. I put both my and his plates in my replicas of Robert Aitken’s New Testaments and Bibles. According to the article below, I should be calling these “Bookbinders’ Ticket”? That feels weird. What do you think? Read Article Here
April 23rd is World Book Day brought to the masses by Gutenberg’s movable type. Celebrate by reading the Book of all Books today, the Bible.
This is my replica of the original 16 page 1693 “Christian Soldier’s Penny Bible”. It was originally bound in pamphlet form and I bind it the same way. It is printed on laid paper and sewn together with linen thread like it would have been in the 17th century. You can purchase them from my Etsy Store for $9.95 at the following link: Purchase Here
Michael McEvoy, as a late 18th century missionary in the Great Lakes region, with his 1733 New Testament that I made for him. To get a copy for yourself or a reenactor friend, please visit my Etsy page at the following link: Purchase New Testament Here
I think that I am being quoted and corrected at the same time. They are probably right. If in doubt, I’m probably wrong. We are updating our research on Robert Aitken’s 1777 New Testament and his 1782 Bible. We have finished writing about his New Testament and posted our newest research on our Face Book page. I think that we got it all right this time. I expect that it won’t be long until Hunter Willis has our new research up on our redesigned Robert Aitken 1777 New Testament web page. Check it out there in a week or so. Maybe this time we will have gotten it all right, I hope. You can read their article or blog post below. I am just glad that people are reading my blogs, web pages, and face book posts and quoting us. Please let me know when I make mistakes. I will try to correct them.
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This is a link to our recently (tonight) updated information on Robert Aitken’s 1777 New Testament on Face Book.
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