BIBLE IN ENGLISH. The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Covenant ... Translated from the Greek by Charles Thomson. Philadelphia: Jane Aitken, 1808.

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BIBLE IN ENGLISH.
The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Covenant ... Translated from the Greek by Charles Thomson. Philadelphia: Jane Aitken, 1808.

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BIBLE IN ENGLISH.
The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Covenant ... Translated from the Greek by Charles Thomson. Philadelphia: Jane Aitken, 1808.
4 volumes. 8vo (214 x 131 mm). Contemporary tree sheep. Chipping to spine ends and some corners, free front endpaper in volume 1 loose, chipping to edges of early leaves, scattered dampstaining, especially to first few leaves of volumes 1 and 4, ownership inscriptions, browning and spotting throughout.

The "Thomson's Bible" was the first English translation directly from the Septuagint in its original Greek. Thomson was Secretary of the Continental Congress from 1774-1789. He spent 20 years preparing his translation. This work was also the first Bible issued by a female publisher in America: Jane Aitken, who succeeded her father Robert Aitken in running the printing house that had published the first English Bible in America. Darlow and Moule 1005; Herbert 1514; Hills 153; O'Callaghan 1808.2; Rumball-Petre 184; Wright pp 113-121.
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