The 1790 William Young Bible
The Second American King James Bible
[Bible in English.] The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testament: Translated Out of the Original Tongues; with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. Philadelphia: William Young, 1790.
The First Edition of the second Bible in English printed in America. Of great importance in the history of American Bible printing. Very rare.
Small octavo size, signed mostly in twelves: approx. 6.5 x 4.25 x 2 inches.
Complete. With Psalms of David in Metre … Being the Version approved by the Church of Scotland (also Philadelphia: William Young, 1790) – the first American Bible to be so issued. This copy has the title page to the Psalter (quite rare).
General browning, intrinsic and inevitable, is typical of American stock of the period. Trimmed a little close. Some staining, some edge chipping; occasional tear or repair. Some early ownership signatures and pen trials. This is a very nice sound copy of this important Bible.
In a perfectly appropriate early American binding of a full plain contemporary lightly glazed calf, extraordinarily well preserved: highly professionally rebacked, preserving the gilt-lined old spine.
This Bible is very similar to — and, at a glance, deceptively reminiscent of – the famous Robert Aitken “Bible of the Revolution” (1782, the first English Bible printed in America) from only a few years later and at a small fraction of the price. The William Young edition was originally advertised as a “school edition” and 5/8 of a dollar.
Hills 25. Evans 22345. Wright p. 323. Sabin 5168