The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ

The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ

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John Roger’s The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ was published by Henry Watrous and Alexander Rogers in New London, Connecticut in 1817. The full title of the book described the text as “The book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which were to come to pass; and Jesus Christ sent and signified it by his angel to his servant John. And now by revelation, hath opened the mystery contained in said book unto his servant John Rogers, who hath explained the same for the edification and comfort of his church and people, after a long and dark night of apostacy; the explanation being made so plain, that the eye of every spiritual reader may see how exactly things have come to pass, as they were foretold of by the prophecy of this Book: and may see by it all things which are yet to come, not only to the end of this world, but to the finishing of the world to come.” John Rogers sought to explain and illuminate the biblical book of Revelations by explaining each verse.
The Copp Collection contains about 150 books of early American imprint and shows a wide range of reading matter typical of a New England Puritan family living in a port town. Literacy was expected of many New Englanders, as Puritan doctrine required everyone to read the Bible. The abundance of multiple Bibles, psalms, hymnodies, sermons, and morality tales reflects the Copp’s religious beliefs. Other highlights of the library include the works of Shakespeare, almanacs, historical and political texts, and travel narratives.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
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overall: 1 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in x 6 5/8 in; 3.175 cm x 10.795 cm x 16.8275 cm
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Gift of John Brenton Copp
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