BIBLE - [CONNECTICUT]
The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated Out of the Original Tongues, and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised
Hartford, Connecticut: Printed and Sold by Hudson & Goodwin, 1809. 12mo. (6 7/16 x 4 1/8 inches). pp.
Original sheep binding, spine flat. Top of the spine slightly worn, extreme fore-corners worn. Covers lightly scuffed.
A fine copy of the first edition of the first Bible printed in the state of Connecticut, complete with the separate title page for the New Testament.
On October 18, 1809, an announcement in the "Connecticut Courant" (now known as the Hartford Courant) read: "Hudson and Goodwin have the satisfaction to announce to the public that they have this day completed their first edition of the School Bible. The type is entirely new, imported at heavy expense...and the paper is so good a quality that it is asserted with confidence to be the best of the kind offered for sale in this country." Henry Hudson, a partner in the Hudson and Goodwin publishing firm, which was also the publisher of the Connecticut Courant, was the secretary of the newly-formed Connecticut Bible Society at the time. At the encouragement of the society, Hudson and Goodwin published this Bible, which they referred to as the School Bible.
Hills, The English Bible in America, 168.