1860 POLYGLOTT BIBLE PRESENTED BY GROVE FEMALE INSTITUTE, WOOSTER, OHIO

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Originally $225.00

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Item Code: B6174

Bible has brown leather cover with gold embossing. Gold lettering on front cover reads, “MISS EMILY H. ROBINSON. JULY 2ND 1861.” Back cover reads, “WHO TEACHETH LIKE CHRIST.”  Inside of cover is lined in ivory printed paper. Handwritten inscription inside reads, “TO OUR PUPIL- A TOKEN OF LOVE- B. AND E.M. POPE, GROVE FEMALE INSTITUTE, WOOSTER, OHIO, JULY 2ND 1861”.  Title page reads, ‘THE ENGLISH VERSION OF THE POLYGOTT BIBLE, CONTAINING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS; WITH THE MARGINAL READINGS; TOGETHER WITH A COPIOUS AND ORIGINAL SELECTION OF REFERENCES TO PARALLLEL AND ILLUSTRATIVE PASSAGES, EXHIBITED IN A MANNER HITHERTO UNATTEMPTED.’ Bible was printed at Philadelphia by J.B. Lippincott & Co. in 1860. Bible measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” x 1 ¾”.  Binding is tight with no missing or torn pages. Edges of pages are gold gilt, which has retained its brightness.

Grove Female institute was an exclusive Christian- based private school for girls. Rev. Benjamin Pope was Superintendent of the school and Elizabeth Mary Pope was Principal. During the Civil War, the school was home to a Soldier Aid Society. Sgt. William Buchanan, Co. “B”, 16th Ohio Infantry wrote, “The regiment, while passing through town, marched through the yard of the Grove Female Institute, and each company gave three hearty cheers for the patriotic ladies of Wooster. The Soldiers Aid Society was held in the school building. The Society collected about $200 for the benefit of the regiment, lined our blouses, and furnished us with needle-cases, needles, thread, pins, buttons &c. The lady teachers of the school, labored in the school room during the day, and sewed for the soldiers at night. Long may they live beneath the folds of the Star Spangled Banner.” The students would likely also have been involved in this endeavor.

An online version of a booklet of Grove Female Institute is available, and a printed copy accompanies this purchase. [sl]

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