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Jane Aitken
American, born in Scotland, 1764-1832

According to printing historian Leona Hudak, almost nothing is known of Jane Aitken’s personal life and work. She was the daughter of Robert Aitken, a printer, bookbinder, and bookseller who emigrated from Paisley, Scotland to Philadelphia in 1769. Her father had the distinction of publishing the first complete English-language Bible printed in America and the only one ever authorized and approved by Congress. Jane’s own unique contribution to American printing history was the first American translation of the Bible, published in four octavo volumes in 1808.

The Holy Bible, printed by Jane Aitken

The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Covenant, Translated from the Greek by Charles Thomson. 4 vols. Philadelphia: Printed by Jane Aitken, 1808.
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