The Bible President Obama was sworn in on last Tuesday was printed by the Oxford University Press. It first belonged to Abraham Lincoln, who took the oath of office using it in 1861.

The Bible was published in 1853 and was purchased by the Clerk of the Supreme Court. He gave it to Lincoln when the President realised he had no Bible to swear his oath on.

The 1,280 page book was bound in velvet with gilt edges. It is frequently on display in the Library of Congress.

Four members of Obama’s government are Oxonians