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    The "Big Bible"  Held Aloft by Ellen White

     

    (ADVENTISM). (BIBLE). (WHITE, ELLEN). The Columbian Family and Pulpit Bible...First American Edition, Embellished with Engravings. Boston: Printed by J.H.A. Frost, Published by Joseph Teal, 1822. Tall & thick folio. [1122] pp. Frontis., engraved title and 36 engravings, without a family register. Full contemp. calf, leather label, five raised bands. Covers detached.  A few tears and one repair. The text crisp. $850.00

     

    Hills, The English Bible in America, 434. Shoemaker 8011. The one-volume edition, the New Testament, but not the Apocrypha, present, with no title leaf for the New Testament called for. Apparently a variant printing, as our frontispiece does not include the printed notation cited by Hills (the frontispiece for the New Testament does).

    Ellen White, as a frail 17-year old in 1845, is said to have addressed family prayers in a vision lasting for more than 30 minutes, holding aloft a copy of this edition, (containing the Apocrypha), which weighed over 18 pounds. Emulation of the experience is attempted by thousands who have attended camp meetings or visited the Ellen G. White Estate vault in Washington, D.C., and remains today a high point for many of the faithful. Carriage extra!

 

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