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“The Upton Bible”, c.1900

Date: c.1900

Type: Book



Massive, decorative bibles like this were intended to be kept within a family for generations. This one, owned by the Uptons, is heavily embellished and beautifully illustrated.

While much of what we know of the Upton family comes from personal accounts and recollections, objects like this bible can help us fill in the blanks. Lists of births, marriages and death are often kept within family bibles, such as they are here. Unlike many others, this bible has several pages dedicated to photographs, which the Uptons utilized to good effect. The photographs in the bible have helped us identify other Upton images that we’ve discovered in our archives.