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Davison Bible, about 1820

Bailiffgate Museum, Northumberland

Literature and Music, Social Reform

1800 – 1899

Not only was William Davison a noted apothecary, newspaper producer and philanthropist in Alnwick, Northumberland, he was also an important and prolific printer.

His desire to increase and support learning in the Christian faith led him to develop an innovative approach. Rather than solely print The Bible in its entirety, his Universal Holy Bible or Complete Library of Divine Knowledge was published in 100 parts at 1 shilling each. This enabled it to be more widely available to people. A complete bound copy of The Bible (complete with 49 engraved plates) cost £2. 2s.

By William Davison (1781 - 1858)

On display at Bailiffgate Museum

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