Hieroglyphic Bible for Children by R. Hill c. 1794 Boston Norman rebus juvenileBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 19th Century Books, Children's Books, Illustrated Books, Religion, Christianity, Bible).
A New Hieroglyphic Bible for the Amusement and Instruction of Children.
Published c. 1794, Boston for W. Norman.
144 pages. Text in English. Illustrated with many charming small wood cuts throughout. First American edition of this title, based on the first English of the same year which had wood cuts attributed to T. Bewick.
Book nearly complete (which is remarkable for an 18th century American juvenile), containing 69 of 72 leaves. Missing the frontis, a leaf near the rear, and the top 1/2 of a leaf where someone removed the woodcut portrait.
Old 1/4 leather binding (likely spine leather added later to replace original leather spine), paper covered wooden boards.
Item is physically old and shows some clear signs of handling and time. Item is not new or in "new" condition.
Binding heavily age worn as typical for early juveniles. Covers paper edge chipped exposing the actual wooden boards underneath, book opens to title and ends with final printed leaf, yet still remains overall attractive as an object.
Text block paper is toned with evidence of thumbing and browsing by many hands. Still nothing offensive internally, actually rather well preserved for such a rare 18th century juvenile.
Still attractive on the shelf. Item displays a pleasing and unique age patina, the inevitable age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
Please review photos for more detail and our best attempt to convey how this antique item survives.
Book Measures c. 6 "H x 3 3/4" W.
Rosenbach, Early American Children's Books, 181. (noting it is a different book from the very rare 1788 Isiah Thomas Hieroglyphic Bible