Collection ID



Bible - Printed Book




Pennsylvania, (United States)




Printed on Paper


3.7 × 5.9 × 2.1 in. (9.5 × 15 × 5.5 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on View

This Bible was given to Peirce Crosby by his grandmother when he first went into the navy as a Midshipman in 1838. Crosby served in the United States Navy during the Mexican–American War and the American Civil War. At his retirement from the navy in 1884, he had achieved the rank of rear admiral and went on to serve as the assistant secretary of state. In 1887, the Bible was rebound, and Rear Admiral Crosby wrote a note on the pastedown.

Printed in 1836 by Hogan and Thompson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Acquired by Peirce Crosby’s grandmother, unknown name;[1] Gifted in 1838 to Peirce Crosby (1824–1899), United States. Acquired before 2010 by Rusty Maisel, private collector, Texas; Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2016 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry) under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Handwritten note by Crosby in 1887 states, “This Bible was given to me by grand ma Crosby in 1838 when I first went (to) sea as Mid(shipma)n in the Navy.”

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