INAUGURAL BIBLE OF ULYSSES S. GRANT, 1869. [GRANT, ULYSSES S. 1822-1885.] The Annotated Paragraph Bible: containing the Old and New Testaments, according to the Authorized Version, arranged in Paragraphs and Parallelisms; with Explanatory Notes. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1861.
Lot 19
INAUGURAL BIBLE OF ULYSSES S. GRANT, 1869.
[GRANT, ULYSSES S. 1822-1885.]
The Annotated Paragraph Bible: containing the Old and New Testaments, according to the Authorized Version, arranged in Paragraphs and Parallelisms; with Explanatory Notes. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1861.
Sold for US$ 118,750 inc. premium

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INAUGURAL BIBLE OF ULYSSES S. GRANT, 1869. [GRANT, ULYSSES S. 1822-1885.] The Annotated Paragraph Bible: containing the Old and New Testaments, according to the Authorized Version, arranged in Paragraphs and Parallelisms; with Explanatory Notes. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1861. INAUGURAL BIBLE OF ULYSSES S. GRANT, 1869. [GRANT, ULYSSES S. 1822-1885.] The Annotated Paragraph Bible: containing the Old and New Testaments, according to the Authorized Version, arranged in Paragraphs and Parallelisms; with Explanatory Notes. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1861. INAUGURAL BIBLE OF ULYSSES S. GRANT, 1869. [GRANT, ULYSSES S. 1822-1885.] The Annotated Paragraph Bible: containing the Old and New Testaments, according to the Authorized Version, arranged in Paragraphs and Parallelisms; with Explanatory Notes. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1861.
INAUGURAL BIBLE OF ULYSSES S. GRANT, 1869.
[GRANT, ULYSSES S. 1822-1885.] The Annotated Paragraph Bible: containing the Old and New Testaments, according to the Authorized Version, arranged in Paragraphs and Parallelisms; with Explanatory Notes. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1861.
4to (265 x 195 mm). 1,471 pp, engraved plates, diagrams, and maps, some with hand-coloring. Contemporary black morocco, spine in six compartments,gilt lettered in second, cloth slipcase. Bookseller's ticket ("Wm Ballantyne / Bookseller & Stationer / 519 Seventh St / Washington DC") to rear pastedown. Lightly rubbing to joints and edges, front flyleaf torn and repaired, touching a few letters of inscription.
Provenance: Mrs. Philip D.L. Sang, her sale, Sotheby's, March 27, 1985, lot 53.

THE ONLY PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION BIBLE IN PRIVATE HANDS, given to First Lady Julia Grant by Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Inscribed on the front flyleaf "Mrs. U.S. Grant, presented by Chief Justice Chase; being the Bible on which her husband took the oath of office as President of the United States; March 4, 1869."

Most of the Bibles used in presidential inaugurations are held by the Library of Congress, presidential libraries, and other institutions. In 1968/1969, the Washington National Cathedral hosted an exhibition of presidential inauguration Bibles, and the catalog for that exhibition stated "General Grant took the oath of office twice, but only his second (1873) Bible has survived." The presentation of the Bible to Julia Grant is documented in The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, stating that Chase presented the Bible to Mrs. Grant on March 5, "in the name of some religious society," and that he also wrote her a letter concerning the Bible. In that letter, dated March 5, 1869, Chase wrote "... Col. Parsons, the Marshal of the Supreme Court will place in your hands the Book in which your honored husband took the oath of office yesterday. His lips pressed the 121st Psalm. The Book will, I am sure, be to you a precious memorial of an auspicious day; destined, I trust, to be ever associated in American remembrance with the perfected restoration of peace & with the renewal & increase of prosperity throughout our Country."

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  • It has come to our attention that there is likely one other nineteenth-century inaugural bible remaining in the possession of that President's family.
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