Swann Galleries will be auctioning the first translation of the entire bible by a woman in its Printed & Manuscript Americana sale September 17.
Julia Evelina Smith's scrupulously literal translation, The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments, Translated Literally from the Original Tongues, Hartford, 1876, is estimated to sell between $1,000 and $1,500. Smith, a Connecticut suffragist, had painstakingly translated the text from its original Greek and Hebrew over a seven-year period while in her 80s.
No copies of this remarkable bible have appeared at auction since 1988.
To learn more about Smith's unique translation, read Susan Campbell's article "Julia Smith's Life And EndTime", which appeared in The Hartford Courant today.
Labels: Bible, Connecticut, Hartford, Julia Smith, suffragist