Bibles

The Bible was the most frequently published printed book in early America. The American Antiquarian Society has the first book printed in British North America, the Bay Psalme Book, published in 1640. AAS also holds the first entire Bible published in the North America, the Eliot Indian Bible, published in 1661. In addition, some Bibles specifically designed for children are cataloged in the Children's Literature Collection.

The American Antiquarian Society holds over 2,500 pre-1840 Bibles. An additional 150 linear feet of Bibles published in the United States between 1840 and 1876 are uncataloged.

Included in the uncataloged Bibles collection is roughly 9 linear feet of Bibles published outside the United States, with a strong emphasis on the productions of American foreign mission presses.

Access

Bibles published through 1840 have records in the General Catalog that can be found using an exact title search for "Bible".

For access to Bibles published after 1840, please contact our Readers' Services department or the Curator of Books, Elizabeth Pope.

There is limited annotation of the Society's Bible holdings in Margaret T. Hills's The English Bible in America (New York, 1961).

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