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We have many Bibles in our rare book collections, several of them "landmark" editions such as the Bishop's Bible (1568) and the first King James (1611) to name two. Yet among my favorites is an American travel Bible (1856), unremarkable with its brown cloth binding.

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Written inside the front cover and on the first flyleaf, however, are remarkable notes left by two previous owners. The first recounts the travels of G.E.O. throughout the American west during the mid 19th century.

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On the flyleaf is a note in pencil, perhaps written by the former owner's son, of his own travels through Europe and metropolitan U.S., taking the travel Bible with him.

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Call number Honnold Special Collections BS 185 1856 N43