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Enoch Brooks Signed Hieroglyphick Bible
March 13, 1789

What do you think of this "curious" book? These pages are from A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible, printed in the U.S. in 1788. At that time, "curious" meant carefully made. This particular copy of the children's book, one of only a few known to exist in the world, probably belonged to a boy named Enoch Brooks. Someone wrote "Enoch Brooks' Book, Princeton, March 13th, 1789" in permanent ink.

The illustrations you see are made from woodcuts. Perhaps you've made them in art class, carving around an image on a block of wood, smearing ink on the carved picture, and pressing it to paper. This book contains nearly 500 woodcut prints, more than any other in America at the time. Who printed this curious Bible?

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