The newest addition to my library is a Bible, a gift from my mother who inherited it from her aunt Surilda. It is the oldest book I own. The Bible was printed by Robert Martin in Birmingham, England, in 1789. The printer is mentioned in a 1906 manuscript about printers in old Birmingham. Clearly the book does not have its original binding. My mother had it re-bound with embossed gold lettering.
The Bible includes the Apocrypha with notes and annotations. Page headings estimate the dates when the events described within its pages occurred such as Before Christ 1053. The Bible has wood cut illustrations. The cover is ten inches high and nine inches wide; it is three and a half inches thick. I’m not sure how much it weighs but it is a substantial opus. The Ss look like modern fs. The pages are foxed.
Over the years I acquired a tome about ancient coins published in 1895 when I was actively collecting coins. I also bought a dictionary published in 1879, which I use when I write about events in the 1800s.
It would be fascinating to know the history of the owners of the Bible over the nearly two and a half centuries since its creation. I wonder how many Bibles were printed and how many have survived.