Not your typical bible, the Tupper Family Bible from the 1870s includes pages of biographical entries about the family of Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper, son of Canada’s sixth prime minister, Sir Charles Tupper. The bible also includes letters, portraits, newspaper clippings, bookmarks, and numerous engraved maps and plates. This book was recently acquired by Library and Archives Canada.
Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper
The bible was given to Charles Hibbert Tupper by his parents. His father, Sir Charles Tupper, was Prime Minister of Canada in 1896. Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper, a physician, a Canadian diplomat and a successful politician in his own right, served as a member of the Canadian Parliament from 1882 to 1904.
The Tupper Family Bible
The Tupper family owned this bible for nearly a century. Its biographical entries are what make this book special; they start with the marriage in 1879 of Charles Hibbert Tupper and his wife Janet McDonald, and continue all the way to 1969. The family register in the bible consists of five folio pages of these biographical entries. As well, several pieces of related family documents include a letter from James McDonald to his sister, Lady Tupper, congratulating her on her husband’s knighthood in 1893, and two nicely embroidered bookmarks, one with the initials “C.H.T.”
Library and Archives Canada would like to acknowledge and thank the Friends of Library and Archives Canada for their generous donation of this rare book. Marianne Scott, President of the Friends, has expressed her pleasure that the Friends were able to donate this special item to Library and Archives Canada to help mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Rare Book Collection
Library and Archives Canada has one of the largest collections of rare Canadiana in the world! To consult the Tupper Family Bible or other rare books in our collection, visit the Rare Book Collection web page to find and access these items.
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