Published by
C. H. Robinson & Co., American
after 1900
ink on paper, cardboard, leather, plastic, and duct tape
H x W x D: 12 5/16 x 9 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (31.3 x 24.8 x 7.3 cm)
A family Bible with a black leather cover and gold stamped decorations. The full title page reads, "THE / HOLY BIBLE / CONTAINING THE / Old and New Testaments / TRANSLATED OUT OF / THE ORIGINAL TONGUES / AND WITH / THE FORMER TRANSLATIONS DILIGENTLY COMPARED AND REVISED / WITH / A History and Facsimile of the Ancient Manuscripts / THE TEXT CONFORMABLE TO THAT OF THE REVISION OF 1611, COMMONLY CALLED THE AUTHORIZED VERSION." Inside the Bible are pages printed in black ink text interspersed with color plates and etchings printed on coated paper with gold stamped into it. Pre-printed pages near the center of the bound volume contain handwritten information with names, birth dates, and death dates of members of the Ellis family, with additional family information recorded on blank pages at the back of the volume. The front and back cover are stamped with the text [HOLY / BIBLE] in gold. A heavy plastic jacket has been taped to the Bible, which has also been repaired previously with duct tape. A leafy plant sprig is adhered to one page with duct tape, with a color plate on the opposite page entitled "God Appeared to Moses in a Burning Bush."
Place used
Orange County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Religious and Sacred Objects
Domestic life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Clara Ellis Payne
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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