American Bible Society

American Bible Society Editions - 1816-1900

The American Bible Society was founded in 1816 and quickly became the major producer of inexpensive Bibles and New Testaments in America. From the beginning they provided Scriptures in the Common English Version or the King James Version. They did this because they did not want to divide Christians by producing a version that would alienate any group.

This page lists ABS versions produced in the 19th century. Obviously this list is incomplete because they produced literally millions of Bibles in many different editions. Any additions to this list are welcome.

First Bible Published by the American Bible Society - 1816_

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Title: The | Holy Bible, | containing the | Old and New Testaments: | translated out of | The Original Tongues, | and with the | former translations diligently compared and revised. | - | New York: | Stereotyped by E & J. White, | For "The New-York Bible Society," and "The Auxiliary | New-York Bible Society." | - | 1816.
Date: 1816
Publisher: New-York Bible Society and Auxiliary New York Bible Society: New York
References: Hills 303
Contents: Bible
Images: Title page
Description: 12mo A-2Y122Z3 (p. 832, 254)
Comments: A copy may be found at the Christian Heritage Museum

First Bible to have the American Bible Society Imprint on the Title Page - 1817

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Title: The | Holy Bible, | containing the | Old and New Testaments: | translated out of | The Original Tongues, | and with the | former translations diligently compared and revised. | - | New York: | Published by the American Bible Society. | Sterreotyped by E. & J. White. | 1817.
Date: 1817 (Some copies have the date 1816 on the New Testament title page)
Publisher: American Bible Society: New York
References: Hills 332
Contents: Bible
Images: Title page
Comments: According to Hills this is a reprint of Hills 303.

Other Editions

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Title: The / Holy Bible, / containing the / Old and New Testaments: / translated out of / The Original Tongues, / and with the / former translations diligently compared and revised. / - / New York: / Published by the American Bible Society. / Stereotyped by E & J. White / - / 1819.
Date: 1819
Publisher: American Bible Society: New York
References: Hills 378
Contents: Bible
Images: Title page
Comments: 26th Edition.

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Title: The / Holy Bible, / containing / The Old and New Testaments: / translated out of / The Original Tongues, / and with the / former translations diligently compared and / revised. / - / Stereotype Edition. / - / New York: / Stereotyped by James Conner, / for the American Bible Society. / - / 1828.
Date: 1828
Publisher: American Bible Society: New York
References: Hills 625
Contents: Bible
Images: Title page

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Title: The / New Testament / of our / Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, / translated out of / The Original Greek; / and with the former / translations diligently compared and revised / - / New York: / American Bible Society, Instituted in the Year 1816. / - / 1853.
Date: 1853
Publisher: American Bible Society: New York
Contents: New Testament
Images: Title page

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Title: The / Holy Bible, / containing the / Old and New Testaments: / translated out of / The Original Tongues; / and with the former / translations diligently compared and revised. / - / New York: / American Bible Society, / Instituted in the year MDCCCXVI. / 1866
Date: 1866
Publisher: American Bible Society: New York
Contents: New Testament
Images: Title page
Comments: Edition is [Brevier 12mo.]

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Title: The / New Testament / of our / Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, / translated out of / The Original Greek, / and with / the former translations diligently compared / and revised. / - / New York: / American Bible Society, / Instituted in the Year MDCCCXVI. / - / 1881.
Date: 1881
Publisher: American Bible Society: New York
Contents: New Testament
Images: Title page
Comments: Edition is [Bourgeois 12mo.]

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Title: The / Holy Bible, / containing the / Old and New Testaments: / translated out of / The Original Tongues; / and with / the former translations diligently compared / and revised. / - / New York: / American Bible Society, / Instituted in the year MDCCCXVI. / 1897
Date: 1897
Publisher: American Bible Society: New York
Contents: Bible
Images: Title page
Comments: Edition is [Agate, 24mo.]

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Title: The / Holy Bible, / containing the / Old and New Testaments: / translated out of / The Original Tongues; / and with / the former translations diligently compared / and revised. / - / New York: / American Bible Society, / Instituted in the year MDCCCXVI. / 1900
Date: 1900
Publisher: American Bible Society: New York
Contents: Bible
Images: Title page
Comments: Edition is [Bourgeois, small 8vo.]

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