Admiral Pierce Crosby’s Bible

Collection ID

BIB.003488

Type

Bible - Printed Book

Date

1836

Geography

Pennsylvania, (United States)

Language

English

Medium

Printed on paper

Dimensions

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

Exhibit Location

Not on view


This Bible was given to Pierce 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 Pierce Crosby’s grandmother, unknown name;[1] Gifted in 1839 to Pierce 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 1839 when I first went (to) sea as Mid(shipma)n in the Navy.”

description

This Bible was given to Pierce 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.


provenance

Printed in 1836 by Hogan and Thompson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Acquired by Pierce Crosby’s grandmother, unknown name;[1] Gifted in 1839 to Pierce 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 1839 when I first went (to) sea as Mid(shipma)n in the Navy.”


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