Exhibitions


  • Bible in English
    London: Christopher Barker, 1595
    Signed by Elias Boudinot, Founder and first President of ABS
    Courtesy of American Bible Society

  • Bible in English (detail)
    London: Christopher Barker, 1595
    Signed by Elias Boudinot, Founder and first President of ABS
    Courtesy of American Bible Society

  • Bible in English
    New York: American Bible Society, 1816
    Courtesy of American Bible Society

  • Polygot Bible
    London, 1657
    Courtesy of American Bible Society


A Bible For Our Nation

American Bible Society, 1816-1830

October 17, 2014–January 11, 2015

This exhibition will focus on the founding of American Bible Society (ABS) and its early years as a national organization. Approximately 20 items will be on display, including copies of the first Scriptures published by ABS and copies of the earliest books to enter the ABS Library. The first section will include The Constitution of ABS and some early ABS early publications: the first Bible dating from November 1816, the first Scripture in a native American language (1-3 John in Delaware, 1818), the first Scripture in an indigenous language of Latin America (Luke in Aymara, 1829), the first Bibles in Spanish, French, and German.

The early history of the ABS Library will also present the ABS Founding Fathers, who donated their own Bibles to the organization. The bibles on view will include the London Polyglot of 1655-57, an eight-volume set that was presented in 1818 by nineteen ABS Managers on the initiative of John Pintaed; a 1595 Geneva Bible presented by Boudinot in 1817; a Latin Bible published in 1476  presented by D. Bethune in 1821, the first incunabulum acquired by the Library; the Polyglot New Testament published in Nuremberg in 1599 and donated by Richard Varick in 1819; and the first Scripture published by the The British and Foreign Bible Society (John in Mohawk, 1804).

 

Display and conservation of the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA is made possible thanks to generous support from American Bible Society.

 

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