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[Bible in English.] The/ Holy Bible,/ Containing/ The Old and New Covenant,/ Commonly Called/ The Old and New Testament:/ Translated From the Greek.
First edition. Four volumes, each with general title-page and volume title-page. Octavo format signed in fours. Complete. Published without The Apocrypha, though the Psalter contains Psalm 151 (unnumbered).
The first English translation of the Greek Septuagint anywhere.
Also the first English translation of the New Testament in the New World.
The first Bible printed by a woman: Jane Aitken, daughter of the Robert Aitken who printed the very first English Bible in America (1782), which carried a printed endorsement by Charles Thomson (see note 1 below).
Thomson based this translation on the text of the second edition of the Greek Septuagint printed in England (see note 2 below).
Except for some general very light browning, this copy is in superb condition. Consistently clean and bright and pleasingly fresh. An approximately 3” by 5” area on the general title-page of Vol. I is browned from offsetting from a piece of paper formerly laid in; similar offsetting in Exodus 32. Occasional minor flaws or stains (e.g. Vol. IV leaf zz in Colossians).
Old full diced black calf (light wear), lately rebacked to style with simple gilt.
Charles Thomson was born in County Derry. Ireland in 1729 and arrived in the American colonies in 1740 as an eleven-year-old orphan, his mother having died before embarkation and his father having died on the sea crossing with young Charles. He studied ancient languages and theology, and through the influence of Benjamin Franklin received the mastership of the Latin School of Philadelphia.
Herbert 1514. Darlow and Moule 1006. Hills, EBA, 153. DAB, XVIII, 481-2.
Item # 1808AS
Printed by Jane Aitken The first Bible printed by a woman
Appraisal Value: $40,000
Sale Price: $19,000