Lincoln/Obama Inaugural Bible Collection
- Publish Date: 2009-10-27
- Binding: Hardcover
The Lincoln/Obama Inaugural Bible Collection commemorates the significance of January 20, 2009, the day that President Barack Obama was inaugurated, using the Lincoln Bible to take the presidential oath of office. Bridging the historic nature of both President Abraham Lincoln's and President Obama's inaugurations, this collection is a stunning keepsake that pays tribute to both men and the office of the U.S. president.
Housed in a deluxe clamshell box are:
* An exquisite replica of the Lincoln Inaugural Bible, a 1,280-page, 1853 Oxford University Edition, with the inscription of William Thomas Carroll, clerk of the Supreme Court, attesting to the fact that this was the Bible used for the inauguration of Lincoln, complete with the seal of the Supreme Court. The velvet-covered volume is framed with brass borders and has a brass clasp, authentic gilded edges, and two ribbon markers. (The original Bible was purchased by William Thomas Carroll, who provided it for Lincoln's inauguration because the Lincoln family Bible was packed and in transit from Springfield, Illinois, to Washington, D.C. Carroll gave the Bible to his wife and it is inscribed to her in the front. Mrs. Carroll later gave it to Mrs. Robert Todd Lincoln, the president's daughter-in-law. The Bible, which was gifted to the Library of Congress in 1928 by Mrs. Lincoln, has considerable wear and fading on the outer velvet covering. As it was not possible to duplicate this wear, this replica is made to look as close as possible to how it would have appeared in 1861.)
* A 2009 Inauguration Packet, including the official congressional invitation complete with photographs of the president and vice president, the official Inauguration Program, and the St. John's Prayer Service Program, which was held the morning of the inauguration.
* A 72-page booklet with Lincoln and Obama photos, memorabilia, historical facts, and observations, including President Lincoln's 1861 inaugural address and his Cooper Union address. Also in the booklet are President Obama's complete inaugural address and highlights from his speech on race in Philadelphia during the campaign.
* A booklet with a facsimile of the original Emancipation Proclamation and other versions published at the time.