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The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, in the common version, with amendments of the language by Noah Webster
New Haven: Durrie & Peck; Sold by Hezekiah Howe & Co., and by N. & J. White, 1833 New Haven: Durrie & Peck; Sold by Hezekiah Howe & Co., and by N. & J. White, 1833. Publisher's sheep, spine dry and tending to flake; front board once detached and resecured with a cloth tape repair at the hinge (inside). Foxing as usual. Priced to encourage better repair to its binding, this is a complete, sound copy.. 8vo (23 cm; 9"). xvi, 907 pp. First edition of the Bible in English (Authorized Version) tailored for American readers by Noah Webster (1758–1843). "His purpose was to remove obsolete words and those offensive to delicacy" (Rumball-Petre), Webster himself further stipulating, "To avoid giving offense to any denomination of christian [sic], I have not knowingly made any alteration to the passages of the present version, on which the different denominations rely for the support of their peculiar tenets" (Preface, p. iv). Webster further explains that the purpose of his revisions is to make the language clearer and purer so as to not "divert the mind from the matter to the language of the scriptures, and thus, in a degree, frustrate the purpose of giving instruction" (Preface, p. xvi).Webster considered his work on the revision of the Bible more important than that on the dictionary and was sorely disappointed at the Bible's poor reception among all levels of readers.Provenance: 19th-century ownership signatures of Luther P. Hubbard (undated) and R.T. Hall (1894); after ca. 1954 in The Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released).
      [Bookseller: Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co]
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