Embroidered Dos-à-Dos “The New Testament” and “The Whole Book of Psalms in English Meter”

Collection ID



Bible - Printed Book




London, (England)




Printed on Paper, with Embroidered Fabric Binding


4.3 × 2.3 × 2.3 in. (11 × 6 × 6 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on View

This New Testament and Book of Psalms is bound in a beautiful embroidered dos-à-dos binding. The dos-à-dos, or back-to-back, binding format binds two separate books together, sharing the back cover. This object also features a beautifully embroidered binding. Popular in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in England, embroidered bindings were made for individuals by request, making no two the same. Typically, small embroidered books such as this one were made for women. This edition of The Whole Book of Psalms was collected into English meter by T. Sternhold, I. Hopkins and W. Whittingham and printed for the Company of Stationers. The New Testament portion was printed by Robert Barker, printer to the King.

Printed in 1633, London, England. Acquired by 1710 by Sarah Scott.[1] Acquired by Christian Heritage Museum, Hagerstown, Maryland; 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.

[1] A handwritten note on the front free endpaper before The Whole Book of Psalms states “Sarah Scott Sept 14, 1710.”

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