While you are not likely to find accounts of the Aitken Bible in your history books, the very real existence of it provides a little insight into how the founders of the United States viewed the so-called separation of church and state.
In 1782, the Continental Congress of the United States authorized the printing of 10,000 copies of the first English edition of the Bible printed in America. In authorizing Robert Aitken to print his version of the Holy Bible they also granted him the authority to print the following recommendation from Congress.
THAT the United States in Congress assembled highly approve the pious and laudable undertaking of Mr. Aitken, as subservient to the interest of religion, as well as an instance of the progress of arts in this country, and being satisfied from the above report of his care and accuracy in the execution of the work, they recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States, and hereby authorize him to publish this Recommendation in the manner he shall think proper [emphasis added].
To understand the origins of the Aitken Bible we have to go back to 1777. With supplies of Bibles in the US being cut off by the British, the Continental Congress began searching for ways to find alternative sources. Two motions were presented before the congress to import Bibles from other countries. Neither motion succeeded.
Sensing an opportunity, a printer by the name of Robert Aitken who was already printing copies of the Journals of Congress produced his own version of the Holy Scripture. He presented his version to congress in 1781 along with his petition asking them to inspect and authorize his work.
On September 12, 1782, Congress granted Aitken their authorization to print his version of the Bible. At the same time Congress provided their recommendation of the Aitken Bible to those living in the United States.
Unfortunately for Aitken, his Bible was a commercial failure. He later petitioned congress to purchase the remaining supply and distribute them to soldiers. The new petition was denied.