1816 New York – American Bible Society
The Holy Bible…Stereotyped by E & J White, for “The New-York Bible Society,” and “The Auxiliary New-York Bible Society”: New York. Hills #303
Brevier Duodecimo Bible. Preliminary matter includes Order of Books, NT imprint reads Published by the American Bible Society. Tables on verso of NT title. The length of printed matter on the page varies.
NNAB and MWA copies have imprints of New York Bible Society on both general and NT title pages.
The imprint of the American Bible Society is seen for the first time on this Bible.
The ABS was founded in May 1816 “to encourage the wider circulation of the Holy Scriptures without note or comment,” using “the version now in common use.” Managers of the new organization felt that their first exertions ought to be directed toward the procurement of well-executed stereotype plates, for accommodation of large areas of the American continent. They accordingly contracted for three sets of stereotype plates of duodecimo size and three sets of octavo size for the English Bible to be ready in the spring of 1817. During in interim when the plates were in preparation, the New York Bible Society, which was founded in 1809, and the New York Auxiliary Bible Society united in presenting the American Bible Society which the stereotype plates of a duodecimo size Bible in brevier type which they had made with funds contributed by other societies and individuals in different parts of the country. The ABS printed its first edition of 10,000 copies from these plates of which the above described Bible is a copy. It was issued in November 1816.