The Holy Bible [Boston line letter]


Accession Number: 1998.11.1

Subtitle: Containing the Old and New Testaments, translated out of the original tongues and with the former translations diligently compared and revised

Summary/Description: Olive/tan/red marbled paper over boards with leather on spine and corners. Volume 2 only was received in this accession. An embossed spine label indicates that the contents should be Numbers-Samuel, but volume contains Numbers-Ruth. " . . . executed for the American Bible Society under the direction of S. G. Howe at the institution for the Blind, Boston. S. P. Ruggles, artist, 1842" --t.p. Single-sided embossing. Samuel Gridley Howe reported in 1836 that the entire New Testament was in press. It was being embossed with aid from the American Bible Society ($1200), the Massachusetts Bible Society ($1000), Ladies Bible Society ($800), and an individual donor ($250). In 1842, the entire Bible was completed, condensed to eight volumes, and sold for $20 per set.

History/Provenance: Belonged to distant cousin of donor, J. Edward Beale, who attended the Virginia School for the Blind in Staunton from 1872-78. He lived in Bowensville and Warrenton in Fourquier County, VA. and made brooms and caned chairs.

Credit Line: Donated by Susan and David Pratt, 1998.11.

Publisher: American Bible Society

Publish Date: 1842

Subjects: Bible Bibles for the blind Old Testament

Physical Description: v. of raised type ; 15.3 x x 12.5 x 3.5 in. (v. 2)