A curious hieroglyphick Bible, or, Select passages in the Old and New Testaments : represented with emblematical figures, for the amusement of youth : designed chiefly to familiarize tender age, in a pleasing and diverting manner, with early ideas of the Holy Scriptures : to which are subjoined, a short account of the lives of the Evangelists, and other pieces : illustrated with nearly five hundred cuts.

Uniform title
The first Worcester edition
Worcester, Massachusetts : Printed ... by Isaiah Thomas, and sold, wholesale and retail, at his bookstore, MDCCLXXXVIII [1788]
viii pages, 9-144 pages : illustrations (woodcuts) ; 14 cm


Rare books genre
  • Page 135 misnumbered as "235."
  • Princeton copy 1 Inscribed on front pastedown: "Bot [sic] of a Jew (?) at [illegible] ... I gave one dollar for his book, Feb., 1861," and below that, in possibly another hand, "Mme. Blanchard."
  • Princeton copy 3 Inscribed on front free endpaper recto: "Nathanial Thomas."
  • Princeton copy 1 Bookplate of Sinclair Hamilton on front pastedown.
  • Princeton copy 2: Bookplate of Sinclair Hamilton on front pastedown.
Binding note
  • Princeton copy 1 Contemporary full dark brown sheep, blind-ruled on spine.
  • Princeton copy 2 Quarter sheep with plain tan paper-covered boards.
  • Princeton copy 2 Paper worn off boards in places, revealing the original wooden boards underneath.
  • Princeton copy 3 Contemporary full dark brown sheep.
  • Princeton copy 3 Rebacked in gilt-stamped brown leather.
Indexed in
Welch, D.A. Amer. children's books, 510
  • Hamilton, S. Amer. book illustrators (1968 ed.), no. 122
  • Rosenbach, A.S.W. Children's books, 128
Place name(s)
United States Massachusetts Worcester.
Other title(s)
  • Select passages in the Old and New Testaments
  • Holy Bible
Spine title of Princeton copy 3
  • Hieroglyph Bible
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