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Gloucester Bound at the Bible & Anchor…

The “Bible and Anchor” refers to the sign hung by London printer and bookseller, Samuel Harding. A similar sign was employed by Alexander Cruden – the brilliant (though troubled) scholar who produced the immensely important “Complete Concordance to the Holy Scriptures” in the late 1730’s. Cruden’s portrait, as printed in the 3rd edition of his concordance, bore the Latin motto: BIBLIA Anchora est mea: Et CHRISTUS est mihi anchora et Omnia, “The Bible is my anchor: and Christ is to me anchor and all else beside” (pictured below).

The lettered logo is comprised of a combination of GB (Gloucester Bound) and JMD (some guy’s initials).

Alexander Cruden by Thomas Kitchin, circa 1750

See the articles “The London Signs and Their Associations,” by J. H. MacMichael and “Israel Warned Against Compromise,” by O. Davis.

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