Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Houdini Bible

On the one hand, maybe not the most interesting thing ever. On the other hand, I guess this could be somewhat interesting. This Bible in the Library of Congress was owned by Harry Houdini's father. Says so right there.

Found this on the LoC website; but someone else seems to have taken an even more interesting snapshot, which shows that it actually contained Houdini's ex libris sticker. See at the end.

In terms of what edition it is, this seems to me to have been Die Bibel: oder Die ganze Heilige Schrift des Alten und Neuen Testaments published throughout the 19th century by the Amerikanischen Bibel-Gesellschaft.


  1. My daughter, when she was a librarian at a day school in Baltimore, read a book about Houdini to a class and mentioned that his father was Rabbi Weiss. "My father goes to his shul!" one boy exclaimed.

  2. See the story about Houdini and his father's set of RAMBAM in my article about Rabbi Dr. Bernard Drachman at



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