CONFEDERATE BIBLE - Original 'RARE' 1864 Confederate Bible captured on a Gun Ship


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This is an Early leather Bible, published in 1825 as: "The Holy Bible", containing Old and New Testaments Commentary and Critical notes

  By Adam Clarke, LL.D. F.S.A. M.R.I.A. With a complete alphabetical index. "New York, Published by N. Bangs and J. Emory, for the Methodist Episcopal Church, at the conference office, 13 Crosby-Street. J. Collord, Printer. 1825." measures 6.5" x 10.25".

It could be that this is the most comprehensive commentary on the Bible ever prepared by one man. It is a first American Royale Edition. Containing autographed notes on the end papers as shown:


"A.B. Kinney on US Steamer Keystone State Oct. 24, 1864 / Captured on the Appomattox River May 12th 1864 Belonging to the Gunboat Shockokon."


This lovely early bible lived through the Civil War having been on board two gunboats, the US Keystone and Gunboat Shockokon after capture by a Rebel gunboat on the Appomattox river. The exact timing and events surrounding the capture of A.B. Kinney still remain a mystery. The USS Shockokon was a large side-wheel steamer built in 1862, acquired by the navy in 1863, and fitted out with 5 guns.


An excellent early bible with an incredible history and would make a perfect candidate for a recase and/or restoration.

Condition:  Front board of Bible detached, leather boards rubbed with edge wear. Raised band spine with titles of "Clarke's Commentary" Pages show scattered intermittent outlining of paragraphs in graphite, several pages have bent corners. Pages generally toned with light foxing.

Provenance: University Archives Collection

 This item comes with my 100% LIFE TIME GUARANTEE of Authenticity and my Certificate of Authenticity (COA).  Registered Dealer of the UNIVERSAL AUTOGRAPH COLLECTORS CLUB - (U.A.C.C.) RD325.

COA's are emailed directly to you we do not send paper copies with the item.


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