The New Testament in Shorthand, c1660 Jeremiah Rich Miniature Bible

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We sold this item at auction for $3,506
 in November 2014.

This miniature Bible, containing the entire New Testament written in shorthand, dates to circa 1660.

Published by Jeremiah Rich, an English stenographer who created a new system of shorthand writing, allowing the entire New Testament to fit onto the pages of this miniature book. Britannic Auctions sold this miniature antique book for $3,506.

About the Creator: Jeremiah Rich

Jeremiah Rich was a 17th century English stenographer, credited with pioneering shorthand writing.

Trained by his uncle, William Cartwright, Rich became a prominent practitioner. Noted for his Semography and Charactery works, he claimed authorship but later acknowledged Cartwright’s original system.

Posthumously, the Cartwright-Rich shorthand gained recognition, with editions published well into the 18th century.

Rich’s shorthand, admired by John Locke, had widespread use, even becoming mandatory at Philip Doddridge’s academy. In addition to this New Testament, Rich also published a stenographic version of the Psalms.

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