Pearl Filley and her Family Bible old time religion
The Bible may be the best-selling book in the Western world, though many are given away free, so I am not sure those consider as a "sale"...but once the Bible was the most important book in the house. Not for the text, but for the genealogical information often contained within. Seldom does a bible make it to a used bookstore shelf unless the pages have been flipped for treasure, even if it was the first time it has happened in decades. Despite considerable claims, the Bible may also be the least read book in the Western world, although the recent book by Donald Rumsfield may also qualify.
Pearl Filley was given a special Bible with a wonderful painted cover embellished by her brother, the artist...and she dutifully recorded the family history presumably years later on the reverse. This Bible is now not just a Bible, it is the FAMILY Bible, a step up!
Title Page from a FAMILY Bible circa 1890. Collection Jim Linderman