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Campbell--Henman Family Bible (1873)
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Campbell bible cover Campbell Bible flyleaf top

flyleaf, top of page

ornamentation, inside cover

Description: The book is bound in brown leather, with the words HOLY BIBLE on the spine. There is gold fleur-de-lys ornamentation on the inside edges of both front and back covers. The volume measures 10.5 x 7 x 2.5 inches, and weighs about 5 pounds.

Both old and new testaments are present, in the King James authorized version. It was printed at the Oxford University Press, and is dated 1866. A sprig of pressed leaves was found between the pages (for what it is worth, at Psalms 78, 79 and 80). The flyleaf has been used to record the vital data of various family members.

Origin:The book appears to have been a wedding gift to Elizabeth Henman, Joseph Campbell's wife, shortly before their marriage on 25 December 1873. There is a dedication on the inside front cover, in faded ink (see below). The donors have been identified as Margaret and Caroline Willimott, of Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire, in whose house Elizabeth had been working as a domestic servant.

Elizabeth Henman

The parting Gift of her Friends

M.E. & C.A. Willimott

Novr 30th. 1873.

Campbell Bible dedication