Early Illustrated Bible for American Children

The Holy Bible Abridged: Or, the History of the Old and New Testament.
Worcester, Massachusetts: Isaiah Thomas, Jr., and Isaiah Thomas, 1796. (Prothro B-318)

One of the most engaging early American Bibles in Mrs. Prothro’s collection is this abridged edition of 1796, illustrated with sixty small woodcuts. Dividing the Bible stories into twenty-four brief chapters, this is an early example of the drastic simplification of the scriptural texts in order to provide appropriate reading material for children.

Early American Bibles
Bible for American Children