Historic American Bibles

Mayflower Bible

John Alden Bible. 1620. © The Pilgrim Society, Pilgrim Hall Museum.

This edition of the King James Bible, owned by John Alden, came over on the Mayflower with Alden in the same year it was printed, 1620. Alden, a member of the ship’s crew, stayed on as a colonist.

Most of the Pilgrims preferred the older Geneva Bible. Over the next few decades, however, the King James Bible became the preeminent Bible in the colonies, as it did in England.