This Day in History: September 12th, 1782 the Continental Congress authorized the printing of the first Bible ever to be printed in American in English. Robert Aitken of Philadelphia was to be the publisher and his Bible would go on to be called the “Bible of the Revolution”. I make replicas of Aitken’s “Bible of the Revolution”. You may purchase the one that I have in stock today from my Esty Store at the following link: Purchase Here
With more than a little help from my friends, I have been rearranging the bindery. We’ve found a new spot for the bindery sign. I won’t be banging my head on it any more.
I have finished the forth replica of the original 1782 Bible of the Revolution. This is the first Bible in English that was made in America. On this day, September 1st, 1782, Robert Aitken’s “Bible of the Revolution” was recommended to the Continental Congress.
I got a new piece of granite in place just before Tim Weiss & his wife, Christine, arrived for a visit this afternoon. I have been using a thinner and smaller piece of granite for years. This piece is about 1 1/4″ thick X 20″ deep X 29 3/4 inches wide. I needed to have this in place to work with a new piece of equipment that is being delivery this coming Saturday. More on that later. It is way past my ability to lift or carry. On Monday, I told God that I needed someone to come by and move it for me or He would need to translate it into position before Tim Weiss arrived on Tuesday. As we were leaving for the hospital in Nashville, a couple of days ago, I told Polly, “I guess God is going to have to beam it from Tennessee to Kentucky. He didn’t. I wish that he had because that would have been a much better story. But, no one would have probably believed it anyway. Instead, as we were turning into our street my next door neighbor’s son (WKU student) had a class canceled or something and was instead coming home to eat lunch. I ask if he had time to carry this 60 lb. stone into my office and he did. I told him that he was God’s answer to my prayer. Not sure what he thought, but he smiled and I went off praising Jesus. I still am. Having it moved into place was a real interesting direct answer to prayer with lots of variables that had to “fall” into place. God still answers prayer. Don’t forget to ask Him.
I am getting ready to make another Bay Psalm Book. This time it is for Tim Weiss. He dropped by the house on a tail end of a 2,000+ “I just retire” road trip, aka vacation. He commissioned me to make this Bay Psalm Book for him today during his visit. Starting with this one, I will be printing all of my smaller size books on “100% Cotton Rag Laid Extra No. 1 Quality paper by Crane & Co.” which is made in the USA. I think that other paper was too. Both this paper, and the paper that I have been using during this past decade, is Natural White and 24 W. This paper cost about six and half times more than the laid paper that I have used in the past. I think that it will be worth the extra money. It feels better in my hand, lays more like the original paper in the book, and the screen image that you see when you hold it up to the light looks more like period paper from the 18th century. But who looks at the pages of their book while holding them up to the sun? Artists, Printers and Bookbinders? The truth is that I have shown both this new paper and the old paper to people, including Polly, and no one thus far really sees nor feels any difference, but I do. Let me know, when you want me to make one of these Psalters for you.
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Today, Christian persecution is worse than any other time in modern history. It is the global issue of our day. But it is not new. Throughout Scripture and world history, we see God’s people enduring violence, war, discrimination, isolation and eventually martyrdom—all because they have chosen to follow the Triune God. For generations, John Foxe’s classic book has inspired and opened the eyes of millions of Christians to persecution, both past and present. This is why I decided to replicate the copperplate engravings from my original 1732 Book of Martyrs and turn them into this book.
My original 1732 Martyrs Book measures about 3 inches thick, 10 inches wide and 15 inches tall. It full of court records and also contains thirty-one copper plate illustrations of Protestant Christians being tortured to death (mostly burned at the stake) by Roman Catholics. The illustrations go along with those courts records. I have scanned (600 dpi) and cleaned up each engraving and my replica only contain these copper plate illustrations. The engravings in my replica are very sharp because they were scanned from my large original images, meticulously cleaned up, and then shrank down to the smaller size book that I produce which measures 6 3/4 X 9¼ inches.
Convocation of the Church of England ordered that copies of the Book of Martyrs should be kept for public inspection in all cathedrals and in the houses of church dignitaries. The book was also displayed in many Anglican parish churches alongside the Holy Bible.