Sir Nicholas Winton 1909-2015
Duke of Windsor
Duke of Windsor's
Charles H, Spurgeon
Captain Robert Scott
J. Frank Norris
J. Frank Norris'
Bridget Curzon Burdett
Thomas Stearns Eliot
Bible in Verse
Oath New Testament
Sunday school Bible
Ernest E Joyce
Ernest E Joyce's
The Presentation of the Coronation Bible
Our gracious Queen: to keep your Majesty ever mindful of the law and the Gospel of God as the Rule for the whole life and government of Christian Princes, we present you with this Book, the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is Wisdom; This is the royal Law; These are the lively Oracles of God. See the Coronation Bible at the Museum of The Book.
King of the United Kingdom
Founder of the Methodist Church
Prince of Preachers
Irish Playwright, Progressive Political Activist
Social reformer, Statistian, Founder of modern Nursing
Slave Ship Captain
Hollywood Movie Star
British Essayist,Publisher, Playwright
Poet, Literary and Social Critic
Sunday \school teacher
President of the Republic of Texas
English Organist and Composer
President of the United states
English Crime Write and Poet
Movie Star Cowboy
Movie Star Cowgirl
King of the United Kingdom
English Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
English Social Reformer and Philanthropist
Nicholas Winton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for his "services to humanity", in saving 669 Jewish children from Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia in December 1938, on the eve of World War II. On display at the Museum of The Book is Nicholas' childhood Bible given to him in 1925 by his father on the occasion of his confirmation.
Edward VIII in 1936, after only 10 months as King, abdicated the throne of Great Britain to marry the love of his life, Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee. They retired to a chateau outside of Paris where they remained for the rest of their lives. After their death the chateau and its contents were acquired but the Egyptian owner of Harrods in London. In 1998 the Duke and Duchess' Bible was acquired at Sotheby's, New York when the contents of the chateau were sold at auction. See the Duke and Duchess of Windsor's Bible at the Museum of The Book.
William Wilberforce's pastor, John Newton, former slave trader and author of the famous hymn Amazing Grace, encouraged him to remain a Member of Parliament after he came to faith in Christ. Wilberforce went on to fight for the abolition of slavery for the next 20 years until the Slave Trade Act received royal assent on 25 March 1807. See the Wilberforce's personal annotated Bible at the Museum of The Book.
The house was on fire. It was 11pm and everyone was already in bed when it was discovered the roof was ablaze. Sparks were falling on the children's beds as the family escaped down the only staircase to safety only to discover their 5 year old had been left behind. By that time the stairs were alight. At last John was rescued from the upper floor by a church parishioner who had climbed on the shoulders of another man to reach him. So dramatic was the incident that John Wesley used Zechariah 3:2 "... a brand plucked out of the fire" in reference to God's providence in the incident. See a first edition copy of John Wesley's translation of the Bible at the Museum of The Book.
Noah Webster's 1828 American Dictionary contained the greatest number of Biblical definitions given in any reference volume up to that date. Webster wrote that in his view education was "useless without the Bible." He published a new edition of the Bible in 1833, called the Common Version. Using the King James Version as a base he consulted the Hebrew and Greek along with various other versions and commentaries in his new translation. Webster shaped the KJV to American English and corrected grammar, replaced words that were no longer used, and did away with words and phrases that could be seen as offensive. See a copy of a first edition of his translation at the Museum of The Book.
Charles Spurgeon, a country boy, took the City of London by storm when at 19 years of age he became the pastor of New Park Street Chapel (later Metropolitan Tabernacle), one of the most prominent Baptist Churches in England. There he remained for the next 36 years building a new building in Elephant and Castle, founding an orphanage and minister's college. See one of the largest collections of Spurgeon related Bibles, books and manuscripts in the world at the Museum of The Book.
Nobel Prize winner Bernard Shaw was the leading dramatist of his generation. In his youth he espoused atheism and later claimed to be a mystic and yet despite this he sometimes invoked portions of the Bible in his literary and theatrical writings. In the preface (1915) to Androcles and the Lion, Shaw asks "Why not give Christianity a chance?" contending that Britain's social order resulted from the continuing choice of Barabbas over Christ. See Shaw's Bible at the Museum of The Book.
Shackleton's rescue of the crew of the ill fated ship Endurance is considered one of the greatest survival feats of the modern era. He wrote, "During that long and racking march of thirty-six hours over the unnamed mountains and glaciers of South Georgia it seemed to me often that we were four, not three. I said nothing to my companions on the point, but afterwards Worsley said to me, “Boss, I had a curious feeling on the march that there was another person with us.” Tucked in Shackleton's pocket were several leaves torn from a Bible given to him by Queen Alexandra. To hear the whole story see one of Shackleton's Bible at the Museum of The Book.
See Captain Scott's presentation New Testament at the
Museum of The Book.
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