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First American Printed Bible and First Edition Book of Mormon Headline Heritage Rare Books Auction

BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- An incredibly rare copy of The Aitken Bible, 1782, the first Bible printed in English in America, provides the intriguing centerpiece for Heritage Auctions‘ Sept. 12 Signature(r) Rare Books Auction at Heritage’s Beverly Hills showroom, 9478 West Olympic Boulevard. The fascinating tome is expected to bring $40,000+. “This is a first edition of the first complete Bible published in America and the only Bible ever authorized by Congress,” said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage. “When America was a British colony, we were forbidden to print the Bible. When we gained independence this was one of the very first books to come off American presses and it made as big a political statement as it did religious – it’s simply an amazing volume.” Another important early American religious text is also expected