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The first Bible printed in the English language in America. Called “The Bible of the Revolution”, Robert Aitken’s little Bible was small enough to fit into the coat pocket of the Revolutionary War soldiers. This Bible measures 7.25" tall by 4.75" wide by 2.5" thick. The only Bible printing ever called for by an act of the United States Congress; this King James Version Bible helped meet the need for scriptures while England refused to allow their Bibles to be imported by the rebellious colonists, during the embargo of the Revolutionary War.
Robert Aitken had immigrated from Dalkeith in Scotland in 1769 to settle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There, he opened a bookshop and also began publication of “The Pennsylvania Magazine” to which Thomas Paine often contributed. This is where he printed 10,000 copies of the Bible. Some were bound in a single volume and others were bound in 2 volumes.
- Volume One - 5" wide x 7.25" high x 2.5" deep, 2.25 lbs.
- Volume Two - 5" wide x 7.25" high x 2" deep, 1.75 lbs.