Sunday, July 30, 2006

Christian Heritage Museum Offers Rare Glimpse of Historic Bibles
By The Associated Press
Sun, Jul. 30 2006

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) – The antique Bible market is hot. But if you haven't got the money to buy a first-edition King James Version, you still can get your hands on one at the Christian Heritage Museum, where the owner invites visitors to touch and purchase some of the 20,000 pieces in his collection.

Gene S. Albert Jr. isn't selling his prized King James first edition, first issue, printed in 1611. The book, also known as a "he" Bible for a masculine pronoun in Ruth 3:15 that was changed to "she" in later versions, sits atop a bookcase in the loft of the climate-controlled barn near Hagerstown that houses his museum.

But Mr. Albert, who's been collecting for 25 years, has other rarities for sale at They include a single page of a 1454 Gutenberg Bible priced at $20,000; a 1685 second edition of John Eliot's Algonquin Indian Bible, the first Bible printed in America, for $175,000; and two handwritten sermon notes by 19th-century English evangelist Charles H. Spurgeon, marked down from $595 to $275 each.
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