George Washington purchased this Bible for Martha Washington in New York on August 18, 1789. Martha signed her name on several of its pages. Martha's will did not specify who she wished to inherit the Bible, but five pages of handwritten family history contained within indicate it went to her youngest granddaughter, Eleanor "Nelly" Parke Custis Lewis. The Bible descended to Nelly's eldest daughter, who added a beautiful inscription that it provided Nelly "consolation for a load of sorrows, which without their guiding councils, she never could have sustained." More

Date

1783


People


Geography

  • Published - England

Material/Technique

Leather, gilt, marbleized paper, ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall: 11 1/4 in. x 9 1/2 in. x 5 in. (28.58 cm x 24.13 cm x 12.7 cm)
Other (book box): 12 3/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. x 5 7/8 in. (31.43 cm x 26.67 cm x 14.92 cm)


Credit

Gift of Esther Maria Lewis, 1951


Signed

First title page, bottom center, above publication information, in brown ink: Martha Washington / 1789
Note: This signature was entirely obliterated during conservation treatment, but a photograph of the title page with this signature is located in the object file.

Dedicatory page to King James, center, above text, in brown ink: Martha Washington her Book - 1789
Note: This signature is now extremely faint due to damage during conservation treatment.

Title page to the New Testament, center of top half of page, below "Testament," in brown ink: Martha Washington / 1789


Object Number

W-1659


Colors


Mount Vernon's object research is ongoing and information about this object is subject to change. For information on image use and reproductions, click here.
Buy Tickets What to See Calendar Shop Restaurant Donate Membership
Estate Hours

Open today from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

iconDirections & Parking
buy tickets online & save