Bibles on this list of pre-1780 English Bibles will be posted over the next few weeks, beginning with Great Bibles and then with other translations as they are ready. When all of the translations represented have been posted, the Bibles will be renumbered and list #2 will be removed from my website.

All books are complete and in good condition except as described otherwise. Postage is extra at cost; insurance optional. Books are offered subject to prior sale. Pictures of any item can be supplied (as e-mail attachments) on request.  All books legally remain the property of the seller until the purchase price has been paid in full.

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1. The Genesis Octapla Eight English Versions of the Book of Genesis in the Tyndale-King James Tradition. ed. Luther A. Weigle. New York: Thomas Nelson & Sons, (c. 1960). Large 4to, dj. xiv, 302pp with facsimile titles of each of the versions. $100.

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2. The English Hexapla, exhibiting the six important English translations of the New Testament Scriptures  Wycliff, 1380  Tyndale, 1534  Cranmer, 1539  Genevan, 1557  Anglo-Rhemish, 1582  Authorized, 1611... preceded by an Historical Account of the English translations... London: Samuel Bagster and Sons, 1841. Very large quarto, new full blue morocco, ornately gilt spine & gilt paneled covers; top edge gilt; the text is crisp and clean throughout; with a blue cloth protective slip case.   **Herbert 1841; the first Bagster edition, with the full text of the preliminary 'Historical Account', only partly present in the later printings; with the Greek text at the top and the six translations in parallel columns below. $2500.

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Wyclif:

Wyc1. The Holy Bible containing The Old and New Testaments, with the Apocryphal Books, in the earliest English versions made from the Latin Vulgate by John Wycliffe and His Followers;  edited by ...Josiah Forshall, and Sir Frederic Madden.  Oxford: the University Press, 1850.  4 volumes, royal quarto, later quarter black morocco,  somewhat amateur (but decent) red labels; the text is crisp and clean throughout.  ***Herbert 1876; the first printed edition of the complete Wyclifffite version, with both the earlier version of c.1382 and the revised version completed by John Purvey about 1388 (Wycliffe having died in 1384).  Of the approximately 170 medieval manuscript copies of the Wycliffe translation known to be extant in 1850, about 5/6 were of the revised version.  The text of both of these versions is reproduced in parallel columns in this edition.  Quite a nice set; scarce.  $5000.

Wyc3. The Books of Job, Psalms, Proberbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon according to the Wycliffite Version made by Nicholas De Hereford about A.D. 1381 and revised by John Purvey about A.D. 1388. Formerly edited by Josiah Forshall and Frederic Madden, And now reprinted. Oxford: the Clarendon Press, 1881. Small 8vo, original cloth, small tears without loss to head & tail of spine; embossed private library stamp on title. (11) 300pp **Herbert 2015 SOLD $65.

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The rare first printing of Wycliffe's NT

Wyc4. The New Testament Of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Translated out of the Latin Vulgat by John Wiclif ... To which is Praefixt A History of the several Translations of the H. Bible and N. Testament, &c. into English, both in MS and Print, and of the most remarkable Editions of them since the Invention of Printing. By John Lewis. London: Thomas Page and William Mount...; and William Parker, 1731. Tall folio, original mottled calf, ornately gilt spine (somewhat rubbed); front hinge starting to split top & bottom, but still quite sound; a bit of light browning to the top inner corner in Acts, but with the text generally crisp & clean. Portrait (1) iv, 30, engraved plate, 31-108, portrait; 156, viii pages ***Herbert 1011, the first printed edition of Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament; only 160 copies were printed. The frontispiece portrait is that of Lewis, the portrait preceding the NT text is that of Wycliffe (both are nice copperplate portraits); the engraved plate is a facsimile of the title page of the Great Bible. ***From the library of the Earls of Macclesfield, Shirburn Castle, with their bookplate; a particularly nice copy. SOLD $35,000.

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Wyc5. The New Testament, translated from the Latin [by John Wyclif], In the Year 1380...and an Historical Account ot the Saxon and English Versions of the Scriptures, previous to the opening of the fifteenth century. By H.H. Baber. London: Richard Edwards, 1810. Large 4to, new quarter calf, marbled boards. Portrait frontispiece, (1) lxxii (1) 275pp **Herbert 1537; a reprint of the 1731 first printed edition, edited with new preliminary matter by HHB. Quite a nice copy of this scarce second printed edition of the Wyclif NT. SOLD $850.

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Caxton's Golden Legend: passages of Scripture translated and printed in English before Tyndale

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Cax1. A leaf from the Golden Legend. [London: J. Notary, 1503], a reprint of Caxton's edition (translation with additions) of Jacob de Voragine's Golden Legend, with the hystorye of Moses, starting shortly after leaving the Red Sea and going to Mount Sinai. Some of it summarizes the Biblical account, but other bits are essentially a translation of the Biblical text (e.g.: Thenne came Amalech and foughte againste the childern of Israhell in Raphydym Moses sayde thenne to Josue chefe to the men and goo out fyght ayenst. Amalech to morowe. I shall stande oon the toppe of the hylle havynge the rodde of god in my honde. Josue dyde as Moyses comaunded hym and faughte ayesnste Amalech. Moyses, Aaron and Hur ascended in too the hylle. whane Moyses helde up his hondes Israhell wanne and overcame theyr enemys and whan he leyde theme downe thenne Amalech hadde the better. The hondes of Moyses were hevy. Aaron & Hur toke thenne a stone and put it under hym and they susteyned his hondes on every syde and soo his hondes were not wery unto the goynge downe of the sonne and so Josue made Amalech to flee & his people by strengthe of his swerde. See Exodus 17: 9-13). 11 7/8" x 8 7/8", repaired to bottom inner margin, with one tear into text (without loss); 4 pinhole wormholes in outer margin and 2 in text (touching a letter or two each); minor fraying of outer margin, but with the text generally very good.

***Though the translation of the Bible into English was strictly forbidden, the repeated publication of this work was not prohibited, though the narrative occasionally contains what amounts to a translation of several verses at a time. A very interesting addition to an English Bible collection. $1000.

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Cax2. A leaf from the Golden Legend. [London: Wynkyn de Worde, 1512], a reprint of Caxton's edition (translation with additions) of Jacob de Voragine's Golden Legend, with an excerpt from Galatians 4, as follows: "Whan the plenytude of full tyme of the grace of god was ordeyned than he sente his sone that was god and the sone of the vyrgyne and wyfe ye whiche was made subget to the lawe to that they be subget to ye lawe he bought them agayne. And were receyued sones of god by grace of adopcyon." (Galatians 4: 4-5) ***This is leaf 'a.i.', folio primo of "The advent of our lorde". There are a few minor surface defects recto; the two verses from Galatians are verso; with a woodcut recto. $1250.

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Cax3. A leaf from the Golden Legend. [ London: Wynkyn de Worde, 1512], a reprint of Caxton's edition (translation with additions) of Jacob de Voragine's Golden Legend, from a section on the passion of Christ, with a woodcut verso. This leaf is largely taken up with an account of Veronica and Pilate and has no direct translation of Scripture. $450.

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TYNDALE: translator of the first printed New Testament in English, as well as other portions of Scripture; it has been well said that "it is remarkable to what an extent this first printed English New Testament fixed the phraseology of all its sucessors."

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Tyn1. The New Testament [transl. William Tyndale. Worms: Peter Schoeffer, 1526] reprinted in fine color facsimile London: David Paradine, 1976. 8vo, black morocco, a.e.g., in fine silk-lined morocco box. **No. 82 of 250 copies. Apart from the original and the vellum facsimile done by Francis Fry in the mid-19 th century, as nice a copy of the first full printed edition of the NT in English as it is possible to obtain. $3000.

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Tyn2. The New Testament [transl. William Tyndale. Worms: Peter Schoeffer, 1526] reprinted in fine color facsimile London: David Paradine, 1976. 8vo, new blindstamped calf, t.e.g. **Of this edition 250 numbered copies were produced, bound in full morocco, a.e.g. and housed in a velvet lined full morocco box; a somewhat larger number of copies was printed on the same paper, but in an ordinary binding. This copy has been newly bound in a binding more appropriate to the quality of this reproduction of this important NT. Apart from the original and the vellum facsimile done by Francis Fry in the mid-19 th century, almost as nice a copy of the first full printed edition of the NT in English as it is possible to obtain. SOLD $2000.

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Tyn3. The new Testament in Englishe after the greeke translation annexed with the translation of Erasmus in Latin. Londini: in officina Thomae Gaultier pro I.C., 1550. 8vo, original calf, newly rebacked with old spine laid down (with the initials 'I G' on both covers); lacks endpapers, inner margin of (fine facsimile) title repaired without loss; LACKS 9 (of 14) preliminary leaves (including the title): the second leaf is present but missing about 30% and is mounted, obscuring the whole of the verso; +2-5 are present (these leaves and the first leaf of Matthew have a triangular piece torn away, removing a small bit of text on the first two leaves and just touching it on the others)and LACKS A8 (Matthew 8: 26-9: 22); the bottom outer corner of Dd1 (Hebrews 7) is torn away, removing between a couple words and a letter of text on 10 lines; at the front there is a light dampstain at the top, gradually disappearing in Luke and there is also a dampstain to the corners starting in Jude; the outer margins of the last 4 leaves are frayed, affecting the sidenotes on the next last leaf and a couple words of text on the bottom 7 lines of the final leaf of Revelation; LACKS the 8pp of tables following Revelation. ***The text is lightly soiled, but generally is in quite good condition for an English NT of the period, with good margins and with the paper in better than average condition.

**Herbert 88; the fourth edition of Tyndale's NT with the Latin of Erasmus in a parallel column (Tyndale's English is in black letter text; the Latin is in Roman letter); the initials 'I.C.' stand for John Cawood, the London publisher who also edited the text. $25,000.

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Tyn4. [Tyndale New Testament] The newe Testamente of our saviour Jesu Christe. Faythfully translated... [ London: S. Mierdman for Richard Jugge, 1552]. **16mo, 19 th century divinity calf, somewhat rubbed & with the top half of the front hinge split (but still sound); LACKS the general title (supplied in facsimile), the dedication AND all after Ee7, which is the last leaf of Acts (the rest of the NT, from the first of Romans on, was apparently was bound in another volume); U7 is torn without loss; there is general soiling throughout; there are some pointing hands (especially in John) and a couple of decoratively framed marginal notations. There are 6 preliminary leaves and 231 leaves of text present; the 47 woodcuts Fry mentions in the text of the Gospels are present. **Herbert 100, Fry 30, STC 2868 (listing 5 copies, of which 3 are incomplete): the collation seemingly is unique to this printing, though there are minor differences between the illustrations in Fry (see his Plate 56) and a couple of those in this copy (e.g., the exact placement of the letters in Luke 6 and the position of the bird's beak in the ornamental letter at the beginning of John's gospel).

While only the first of two volumes, this is in quite good condition, with good margins throughout. Copies of Tyndale NT's in this very small pocket size format were mostly read out of existence and consequently are almost as rare as hen's teeth. SOLD $25,000.

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Tyn5. The New Testament...: published in 1526. Being the first translation from the Greek into English. By that eminent scholar and martyr, William Tyndale. reprinted verbatim: with a memoir of his life and writings by George Offer. London: Samuel Bagster, 1836. 8vo, 19th century blindstamped calf, bit rubbed. **Herbert 1816; a good copy. SOLD $650.

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Tyn5a. The New Testament...: published in 1526. Being the first translation from the Greek into English. By that eminent scholar and martyr, William Tyndale. reprinted verbatim: with a memoir of his life and writings by George Offer. London: Samuel Bagster, 1836. 8vo, original cloth, leather label; inner margin of portrait slightly defective. **Herbert 1816; a good copy.  SOLD $550

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Tyn6. William Tyndale's Five Books of Moses, being The Pentateuch. being a verbatim reprint of the edition of M.CCCCC.XXX. compared with Tyndale's Genesis of 1534. and the Pentateuch in the Vulgate, Luther and Matthew's Bible, with various collations and prolegomena. by J.I. Mombert. New York: Anson D.F. Randolph & Co., (1884). Large 8vo, original cloth, paper label a bit worn. **Herbert 2032; No. 484 of a limited first edition of 500 large paper copies. $500.

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Tyn7. William Tyndale's Five Books of Moses, being The Pentateuch. being a verbatim reprint of the edition of M.CCCCC.XXX. compared with Tyndale's Genesis of 1534. and the Pentateuch in the Vulgate, Luther and Matthew's Bible, with various collations and prolegomena. by J.I. Mombert. New York: Anson D.F. Randolph & Co., (1884). Large 8vo, full blindstamped brown morocco, ex-library with call number taped to spine, inner hinges reinforced & library stamp to top of title. **Herbert 2032; No. 323 of a limited first edition of 500 large paper copies. SOLD $400.

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COVERDALE : The first complete English Bible, 1535.

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C1. A Leaf from the First Edition of the First Complete Bible in English  The Coverdale Bible  1535. Tall folio, lacks dust jacket. Frontispiece, (3), portrait, 45pp with a folding map and with an original leaf from the Coverdale Bible tipped in.***Herbert 18; a leaf from the first printed edition of the whole Bible in English: Job 41: 16 – Psalm 5: 12 (leaf Bb6); there is a small decorative woodcut initial at the beginning of the first Psalm.
***Most of the leaves which appear on the market are those in the California Book Club publication on this Bible, which included a real Coverdale leaf. This book was limited to 424 copies, the number being limited by the number of leaves available to the Club: the Book Club obtained the fragment thus divided from the Huntington Library. [From the Prospectus (present in this copy): "The edition will consist of 3 copies containing an original part-title and an original leaf; 54 copies with an original leaf having one or more illustrations; and 367 copies with an unillustrated original leaf. The prices will be $125.00, $75.00, and $55.00 respectively, plus the sales tax. Copies of the $125.00 and $75.00 editions will be reserved for drawings among Patron and Sustaining Members."] $1200.

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C2.A Leaf from the First Edition of the First Complete Bible in English  The Coverdale Bible  1535. Tall folio, lacks dust jacket. Frontispiece, (3), portrait, 45pp with a folding map and with an original leaf from the Coverdale Bible tipped in.*** Herbert 18; a leaf from the first printed edition of the whole Bible in English: Isaiah 59: 15 -63: 6 (leaf Ddd3); there is 1 pointing hand and verses 14-19 of chapter 60 are marked by a bracket (both recto), probably in an early/ mid-16th century hand.
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Most of the leaves which appear on the market are those in the California Book Club publication on this Bible, which included a real Coverdale leaf. This book was limited to 424 copies, the number being limited by the number of leaves available to the Club: the Book Club obtained the fragment thus divided from the Huntington Library. [From the Prospectus: "The edition will consist of 3 copies containing an original part-title and an original leaf; 54 copies with an original leaf having one or more illustrations; and 367 copies with an unillustrated original leaf. The prices will be $125.00, $75.00, and $55.00 respectively, plus the sales tax. Copies of the $125.00 and $75.00 editions will be reserved for drawings among Patron and Sustaining Members."]
$1500.

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C3. A Leaf from the First Edition of the First Complete Bible in English  The Coverdale Bible  1535. Tall folio, the dust jacket is a bit worn, with a couple of small closed tears & chips. Frontispiece, (3), portrait, 45pp with a folding map and with an original leaf from the Coverdale Bible tipped in.*** Herbert 18; a leaf from the first printed edition of the whole Bible in English: Acts 9: 10 -10: 41 (leaf RR2); the marginal references in the outer margin are slightly shaved and there is a minor stain toward the bottom of the inner margin.
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Most of the leaves which appear on the market are those in the California Book Club publication on this Bible, which included a real Coverdale leaf. This book was limited to 424 copies, the number being limited by the number of leaves available to the Club: the Book Club obtained the fragment thus divided from the Huntington Library. [From the Prospectus: "The edition will consist of 3 copies containing an original part-title and an original leaf; 54 copies with an original leaf having one or more illustrations; and 367 copies with an unillustrated original leaf. The prices will be $125.00, $75.00, and $55.00 respectively, plus the sales tax. Copies of the $125.00 and $75.00 editions will be reserved for drawings among Patron and Sustaining Members."] The Prospectus is included with this copy.
$1500.

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C4. A Leaf from the First Edition of the First Complete Bible in English The Coverdale Bible 1535. *Herbert 18; a leaf from the first printed edition of the whole Bible in English: Luke 1.

**Most of the leaves which appear on the market are those in the California Book Club publication on this Bible, which included a real Coverdale leaf. This book was limited to 424 copies, the number being limited by the number of leaves available to the Club: the Book Club obtained the fragment thus divided from the Huntington Library. [From the Prospectus: "The edition will consist of 3 copies containing an original part-title and an original leaf; 54 copies with an original leaf having one or more illustrations; and 367 copies with an unillustrated original leaf. The prices will be $125.00, $75.00, and $55.00 respectively, plus the sales tax. Copies of the $125.00 and $75.00 editions will be reserved for drawings among Patron and Sustaining Members."]

***This leaf is NOT from the California Book Club publication: the first column on the recto has chapter summaries for Luke 12 through 28 and, in the second column, the first verses of Luke (along with a woodcut of Luke in his study) and two elaborate woodcut initial letters; the verso has two columns of plain text. The marginal notes in the outer margin are shaved; the leaf is a bit soiled. It is mounted in a large folder (which would be suitable for storage, but not for framing). Leaves with the heading to any of the New Testament books are very rarely available for sale. SOLD $3000.

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C5. The Coverdale Bible 1535 With an Introduction by The Revd Professor S.L. Greenslade. Folkestone: Wm. Dawson & Sons Ltd., 1975. Folio, original tan buckram in matching slipcase. **The only facsimile edition of the first complete Bible printed in English, taken from the Holkham copy in the British Library. Cf. Herbert 18, which describes this, the editio princeps of the printed English Bible. Copies of the original edition are rare and even significantly defective ones sell for well over $100,000.; no complete copy is known. This facsimile is now quite scarce. As new. SOLD $1500.

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C6. The Holy Scriptures, Faithfully and truly translated By Myles Coverdale, ...1535. London: Samuel Bagster, 1838. Large, thick quarto, contemporary morocco, ornately gilt, newly rebacked to match; a.e.g. **Herbert 1825; with a portrait of Coverdale and a facsimile of the original title. SOLD $1800.

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C6a. The Holy Scriptures, Faithfully and truly translated By Myles Coverdale, ...1535. London: Samuel Bagster, 1838. Large, thick quarto, new calf. **Herbert 1825; with a portrait of Coverdale and a facsimile of the original title.   SOLD $1500.

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C7. The Holy Scriptures, Faithfully and truly translated By Myles Coverdale, ...1535. London: Samuel Bagster, 1838. Large, thick quarto, original black cloth, spine a bit defective, but still completely sound. **Herbert 1825; with a portrait of Coverdale and a facsimile of the original title. SOLD $1200.

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MATTHEWS : "This version, which welds together the best work of Tyndale and Coverdale, is generally considered to be the real primary version of our English Bible." [Historical Catalogue of Printed Editions of the English Bible ed. A.S. Herbert, p. 18]

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M1. The Byble, whych is all the holy Scripture: In whych are contayned the Olde and Newe Testament, truelye and purely translated into Englishe By Thomas Matthewe. 1537. London: Thomas Raynalde, and William Hyll, 1549. Small, thick folio, old calf, newly rebacked. With the following defects: the first 7 leaves (including the general title) Yy 3 & 4 (in the Apocrypha) and I4-6, the last 3 leaves (part of the table following the end of Revelation), are in facsimile; on the following leaves the corners are torn away and replaced in a relatively crude (perhaps 19th century) MS: **ii & iii (the upper outer corner), Aii, Hh6, Vvi & 6, SS4 (the outer bottom corner), Ddd5-7 (much of the bottom of the first 2 and half the printed part and all the blank on the 3rd); Ddd8, a blank, is missing; the NT title is mounted (slightly askew); there is a marginal repair to Cii (slightly affecting text on verso), Diiii has a piece torn from the outer margin (with MS replacement) & a crudely repaired tear in the inner column, E5 has a tear in the outer margin affecting a word recto & about 6 verso, e5 has a marginal tear affecting a few letters in the outer column in the bottom half dozen lines; the outer corners on I3 are defective (the text of Revelation ends in the first column of that leaf). There are some marginal defects and a few tears without loss; the headlines are occasionally shaved or cropped. Herbert describes this edition as poorly printed, in black letter, on good quality paper; the paper remains crisp. It should be said that almost all surviving copies are substantially defective, some more, some less (the general title is almost never present). This copy is rather better than average (in spite of all the warts, which are described in detail); I recently purchased a copy which begins in Deuteronomy 27 and lacks the NT entirely.

**Herbert 75, the Matthew's Bible, a 1549 reprint edition of the 1537 first edition of a version "which welds together the best work of Tyndale and Coverdale" and which "is generally considered to be the real primary version of our English Bible." Thomas Matthew is believed to be a pseudonym of John Rogers (c.1500-1555), Tyndale's close friend and the first martyr in the persecution under Queen Mary. Quite an important early version; there are no modern reprint editions.

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M2. The 'Wife-Beater' Bible

The Byble,... London: Jhon Daye, 1549. Small folio, contemporary ornately blindstamped calf over wooden boards, with original brass corners & centerpieces, rebacked & with clasps added (probably 19 th century); with the first leaf of Genesis in facsimile; Hh 1 (II Kings/ really II Samuel 23) is printed slightly askew and as a consequence the marginal notes are shaved (several other leaves are either trimmed quite close or, in one case, slightly shaved); the bottom outer corner of Pp5 is torn away, affecting a word or two of text on the bottom 5 lines of the outer column; a piece is torn out of the middle of the outer margin of Ddd6, just touching the side note (& the following leaf has an internal tear without loss corresponding to the tear in Ddd6); the OT through III Samuel 11 and the whole of the NT is RULED IN RED, though the red is fairly faint in the OT; there is some relatively minor soiling & a few stains, but the text is crisp and, apart from the first leaf of Genesis and very minor defects mentioned, complete.

**Herbert 74; a reprint of the Matthew's Bible of 1537, a "version, which welds together the best work of Tyndale and Coverdale, [and which is] generally considered to be the real primary version of our English Bible." ...“Thomas Matthew is commonly treated as a pseudonym of John Rogers (1500?-1555), Tyndale’s intimate friend, and the first martyr in the Marian persecution. But as Rogers only edited what is essentially Tyndale’s translation, it seems more probable that Matthew stands for Tyndale’s own name, which was then dangerous to employ.” [see the note to Herbert 34]. In this edition the notes are revised & edited by Edmund Becke, including the note at the end of 1 Peter iii reading: "And yf she be not obedient and helpfull unto hym endeuoureth to beate the feare of God into her heade, that therby she maye be compelled to earne her dutie and do it.” Copies are very rarely found complete; this is much nicer than most. SOLD

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M3. The Byble,... London: Jhon Daye, 1549. Small folio, new blindstamped calf; a.e.g. With what appears to be the woodcut margins of a NT title (possibly taken from another copy) surrounding a printed imitation of the general title, affixed to the recto of the third last leaf of the preliminaries; these last 3 leaves of the preliminaries are all that are present; there are marginal repairs to the first, third & sixth leaf of Genesis, Ee4, Nn4, Rr2 (which has been bound in backwards) and on all leaves from S5 (Hebrews 10) through the colophon; Kkki is repaired, with perhaps the bottom third of the leaf neatly replaced from another copy; the corner of RRi is repaired (removing a few words of text); there is minor worming in the inner margin of the last few leaves of the NT and the first few of the Apocrypha (on a few leaves affecting a letter or two of text); there are a few minor tears without loss (including the title to 'The Psalter', etc.) and there are a few inscriptions/annotations, etc.; there is a half-moon dampstain in the inner margin throughout, mostly very faint, but occasionally noticeable. **These defects notwithstanding, a tall copy with good margins and with the text generally crisp & clean throughout; with the exception of the few words noted, the Scriptural text is complete.

**Herbert 74; a reprint of the Matthew's Bible of 1537, a "version, which welds together the best work of Tyndale and Coverdale, [and which is] generally considered to be the real primary version of our English Bible." ...“Thomas Matthew is commonly treated as a pseudonym of John Rogers (1500?-1555), Tyndale’s intimate friend, and the first martyr in the Marian persecution. But as Rogers only edited what is essentially Tyndale’s translation, it seems more probable that Matthew stands for Tyndale’s own name, which was then dangerous to employ.” [see the note to Herbert 34]. ...With the note at the end of 1 Peter iii reading: "And yf she be not obedient and healpfull unto hym endeuoureth to beate the feare of God into her heade, that therby she maye be compelled to learne her dutie and do it. Copies are very rarely found complete; this is nicer than most.

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M4. The Byble that is to saye, all the holye Scripture:... London: Nicolas Hyll, 1551. Small, thick folio, 19th century calf, newly rebacked. Lacks general title; in addition to the general title, 6 leaves of preliminaries are missing, including the whole of the Kalendar [present is *ii to 6 and C1-8, the 'Description' and the 'Table']; LACKS Mm6 [Jeremiah 1/2]; 3T5a has the bottom outer corner torn away, removing a small bit of the table & 3T6 is missing, including the last page of the table and the colophon. The headlines are decayed at the front, affecting the text on the first five leaves of the preliminaries, gradually lessening through the Pentateuch and disappearing entirely in Kings; the headlines are largely cropped in the beginnning, but about the same time the decay ceases so does the cropping; a few sidenotes are slightly shaved. While there is a bit of staining & soiling, this is minimal and the text generally is crisp & clean; all titles but the first are present.

**Herbert 92; a reprint of the Matthew's Bible of 1537, a "version, which welds together the best work of Tyndale and Coverdale, [and which is] generally considered to be the real primary version of our English Bible." ..."Thomas Matthew is commonly treated as a pseudonym of John Rogers (1500?-1555), Tyndale’s intimate friend, and the first martyr in the Marian persecution. But as Rogers only edited what is essentially Tyndale’s translation, it seems more probable that Matthew stands for Tyndale’s own name, which was then dangerous to employ." [see the note to Herbert 34]. ***This edition closely agrees with Herbert 75, an edition of the Matthew's printed in 1549 (a larger black letter than Herbert 74, the 1549 edition edited by Becke).

****Still quite a respectable copy of a Matthew's Bible.

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M5. The Byble that is to saye, all the holye Scripture:... London: T. Petyt, 1551. Folio, 19 th century calf, bit rubbed but sound (inner hinges strengthened); in a modern folding plush lined cloth box; LACKS A2-6 of the preliminary leaves (including the whole of the calendar), the title to the Apocrypha and the last 6 leaves (4 of Revelation & 2 of the table, with the colophon); with some headlines shaved or cropped and many sidenotes shaved; various soiling & staining (to the bottom margin, from part way through the Pentateuch through the OT historical books and again toward the end of the NT); there are minor tears without loss (some repaired); there is a narrow internal tear to Ll 8 removing a letter or two from 5 columns of text) & KK1 (Susannah & Bel) is torn without loss (an awkward repair); these defects notwithstanding, generally the text is in good condition.

**Herbert 92, apparently variety C, though the general title is mounted and may be a composite: the center panel with the imprint seems to be inserted in the middle of the woodcuts (perhaps partly from another copy, though all of the parts seem to be genuine); a reprint of the Matthew's Bible of 1537, a "version, which welds together the best work of Tyndale and Coverdale, [and which is] generally considered to be the real primary version of our English Bible." ..."Thomas Matthew is commonly treated as a pseudonym of John Rogers (1500?-1555), Tyndale’s intimate friend, and the first martyr in the Marian persecution. But as Rogers only edited what is essentially Tyndale’s translation, it seems more probable that Matthew stands for Tyndale’s own name, which was then dangerous to employ." [see the note to Herbert 34]. ***This edition closely agrees with Herbert 75, an edition of the Matthew's printed in 1549 (a larger black letter than Herbert 74, the 1549 edition edited by Becke). ****Still quite a respectable copy of a Matthew's Bible. SOLD

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TAVERNER: A revision of the Matthew's Bible by Richard Taverner, first published in 1539. While he introduced a few terms still in use (e.g., parable & passover) and in places substitutes a Saxon word for a Latin one (e.g., spokesman for advocate), his translation had little influence on subsequent translations.  Quarto and octavo editions were published in 1540 and the OT was issued in octavo parts by Edmund Becke just prior to his folio edition of 1551 (offered here), but otherwise it was not reprinted.  The 1539 & 1540 editions are almost unobtainable and the scarce 1551 Becke edition is often the only way to include the Taverner translation in a collection of 16th century English Bibles. 

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The Byble, ...faythfully set furth... London: Jhon Day, 1551. Small thick folio, old paneled calf, newly rebacked; with the title and calendar and the final leaf in nice facsimile; LACKS also the second leaf of the Dedication to the King (Edward) and the first 6 leaves of the Table; there is a small burn hole in Q6 (I Esdras) affecting a couple letters of text; the top outer corner of the title to the third part is torn away & repaired (removing some words of Notes prior to Psalm 1); there is a repair to Ssss2, affecting a few words of text and there are marginal repairs to the last 6 leaves; there is some staining at the rear of the NT. There are a goodly number of marginal annotations in an old hand, frequently shaved. There are the remains of marginal tabs (which marked the beginning of some of the NT books), with a piece torn from the blank margin at the start of I Thessalonians. There is minor staining & soiling, but the text generally is fairly crisp & reasonably clean as well. **Herbert 93; a curious mixture. The title purports the translation to be that of Thomas Matthew, but it is actually a combination of a revision of the Taverner OTand Apocrypha by Edmund Becke and a Tyndale NT, closely agreeing with the NTs published by Day & Seres in 1548 and 1551. Quite an unusual mid-16th century Bible and quite a nice copy. SOLD $27,500.

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The Byble, ...faythfully set furth... London: Jhon Day, 1551. Small thick folio, contemporary calf with decorative gilt device on both covers, sometime rebacked; with catches, but no clasps; LACKS the general title, the Almanacke, the 3 page calendar, the 2 page dedication to King Edward and the first page of the Table of the principall matters (a total of 4 leaves), HHh3 (chapters 24/26 of Jesus Son of Sirach in the Apocrypha) AND, at the rear, Rrrr6, Ssss1 & 2 (I Peter 3: 7 to I John 4: 5) and all from Ssss5 (Hebrews 2: 16) through the end of Revelation (including James and Jude), as well as the 3 page table with the colophon (a total of 18 leaves); there are marginal tears to E3 & 4, the one on E4 removing a few letters of text recto (Genesis 8); there is a light dampstain at the bottom in Exodus and Numbers; the last 3 leaves of Job and the blank leaf before the third title are a bit chewed at the bottom outer corner (not affecting the text); there is a small paper flaw hole in Aaaa6 affecting a word of a sidenote verso; the top margin of Hhhh2 (John 3) is defective, affecting the headline recto; there are a few paper flaw holes in Oooo6 (II Corinthians 1 to 4), slightly affecting the text. There is a triangular dampstain at the top, never dark, but gradually growing lighter and smaller and disappearing entirely by the end of Deuteronomy; overall there is minor staining & a few tears without loss of text (e.g. EEe1), but the text generally is crisp & clean with good margins (the margins are slightly abraded at the end of the NT and there are marginal repairs to the last 2 leaves). **Herbert 93; a curious mixture. The title purports the translation to be that of Thomas Matthew, but it is actually a combination of a revision of the Taverner OTand Apocrypha by Edmund Becke and a Tyndale NT, closely agreeing with the NTs published by Day & Seres in 1548 and 1551.***There are 2 ownership inscriptions on the blank page facing the second title: John Swaysland 1689 and George Swaysland 1689. Additionally there are genealogical inscriptions on the blank facing the NT title: these begin with "Marget Swaysland [who] was born ye 14 th of Desember 1663" and record the births of Mary (deceased 1674), Henry, John, Elizabeth, Mary (deceased 1678), George and Barbary in subsequent years through 1679.

Quite an unusual mid-16th century Bible and, the defects notwithstanding, quite a nice copy. SOLD $15,000.

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GREAT : A revision by Coverdale of Matthew's Bible: ordered to be "set up in sum convenient place wythin the said church that ye have cure of, where as your parishioners may most commodiously resorte to the same and reade it." See Herbert 46 (p. 25)

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Gt1. The 1539 FIRST EDITION of the GREAT BIBLE

The Byble in Englyshe,... London: Rychard Grafton & Edward Whitchurch, 1539. 2 volumes, large folio, modern calf; LACKS the general title and the following 5 preliminary leaves, A1, AA1 and Aaa1 (respectively the titles preceding Joshua, the Psalms and the Apocrypha), Q4 (a blank) and H7 (Romans 8:1-10:8); ALSO Cc5 & 6 (Mark 13: 14-Luke 1: 9) are missing and replaced with leaves from a 65 line Great Bible AND Ll6-8 (Titus 2:13-Hebrews 10:13) is missing and replaced with leaves Kk4-6 from what is almost certainly the same 65 line Great Bible as before AND Nn6-8 (Revelation 19:17 to the end of the Bible) is also missing and replaced with 2 leaves as previously; a few headlines are cropped at the front & occasionally thereafter; there is a perforated library stamp to C7 (Exodus 4) & also to the NT title; there is a hole in D5, removing between 1 to c. 7 letters on 10 lines of text; the bottom outer corner is torn from Hh 6 & 7, removing five lines of text from the outer column on Hh6 and ten on Hh7 plus between a few letters and a few words of the inner column on Hh7; a piece is torn from the margin of Ccc8 (Judith 5/6), removing part of a letter on 6 lines of text; a piece is torn from M4 (I Peter 1/2) removing between a few words and the whole column from 26 lines of text and, also, removing some letters or a word from 7 lines of text in the inner column; a strip is torn from the bottom of N1 (Revelation 2-4) removing approximately 3 lines of text) and the margins of N2 are defective, removing a few words of text); there are tears without loss to C4 (Judges 18) & D7 (I Kings 17/8); there is a bit of light dampstaining, but generally the text is quite good throughout.

**Herbert 46, the rare FIRST EDITION of the Great Bible, which Thomas Cromwell, as King Henry VIII's viceregent, ordered to be placed in every parish church, in some convenient place where the parishioners "may most comodiously resorte to the same and reade it." Seven large folio editions were produced between 1539 and 1541 in order to meet the demand consequent to this order. Most copies, however, suffered from being exposed to common use and very few are to be found complete. This first edition is particularly difficult to find in any condition; the present copy, the noted defects notwithstanding (which includes 19 leaves missing: the 6 preliminary leaves, three further titles [the NT title is present], one blank, 8 leaves of text and the final leaf with a Table and the colophon), is in much better than average condition.While this Bible is usually bound in one volume, the present new bindings reflect much older previous bindings, perhaps in turn reflecting the original 16 th century owner's decision to have the Bible so bound.

An old fly leaf with 19 th & 20 th century notes is loosely inserted as are several old bookplates: that of Dr. John Jeffries, two of Harvard University (with a note by the Librarian that this Bible was being sold as a duplicate) and two bearing simply the name 'Samuel H. Turner'. SOLD $45,000.

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Gt2. The 1539 FIRST EDITION of the GREAT BIBLE

The Byble in Englyshe, ... London: Rychard Grafton & Edward Whitchurch, 1539. Large folio, modern quarter calf; LACKS all before E1 (I Kynges 21: 5) and all after L8 (Hebrews 10: 4) and the title to the Apocrypha, the NT title and the first leaf of Matthew. Also, 1) the following leaves are torn with loss of either text or sidenotes: H2 & 3 (the bottom is torn away, removing between 2 & 3 lines of text), P1 (a piece is torn from the bottom margin, affecting a few words of text), CC (the bottom outer corner is torn from 2, removing a few words of text, AND there is a burn hole affecting a few letters of text on 1 and some words on c. 6/7 lines on 2 & 3 and some words on 6 & 8 and a few letters on 7), DD6 (a large corner is torn away, removing a bit over half of the outer column at the bottom to a few letters 7 lines up), NN1, OO3 & 6, (piece torn from bottom, affecting a few letters/words of text, PP2 (large piece torn away, removing 11 lines of outer column at bottom & a portion of 6 more); 2) the following leaves are torn into the text, but without loss: E4, K1, P8, PP1 & 7, BB6, EE6 FF3 & 4; & (NT) Ii5, KK4 & 5; 3) there are minor defects to the following leaves in the Apocrypha: 3D1, 3D7, 3D8, 3E3, 3E5-8, 3F4, 3H8 & 3I1. 4) there is occasional staining, some minor decay & even a bit of worming to the top margin (more at the middle and toward the end than at first), there are minor marginal tears and slight defects (including some repairs to the bottom margin), but generally the text is quite good for an early 16 th century English Bible.

**There are 274 OT leaves (of which approximately 10 have textual defects), 79 Apocrypha leaves and 86 NT leaves (there are also a couple small fragments, apparently the remains of leaves now missing).

**Herbert 46, the rare FIRST EDITION of the Great Bible, which Thomas Cromwell, as King Henry VIII's viceregent, ordered to be placed in every parish church, in some convenient place where the parishioners "may most comodiously resorte to the same and reade it." Seven large folio editions were produced between 1539 and 1541 in order to meet the demand consequent to this order. Most copies, however, suffered from being exposed to common use and very few are to be found complete. This first edition is particularly difficult to find in any condition; the general condition of the leaves in the present copy, the noted defects notwithstanding, is much better than average.***There are (shaved) marginal notes in a 16 th century hand on Ii5 & 6 (I Corinthians 9 and 11). SOLD$25,000.

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Gt3. The byble in English,... London: Edwarde Whitchurch, 1540. Large folio, 19th century half calf, both covers detached. The OT ONLY, with the general title and 5 following preliminary leaves in good facsimile and with 5 leaves of text missing; the first leaves of Genesis have marginal repairs; the titles to the second and third parts are defective (with the missing pieces replaced in good facsimile). There are 290 leaves present: these seem to have been taken from a selection of copies and vary from completely untrimmed through cut quite close. ***Herbert 60; the fourth Great Bible. Both Aa6 and Ff5 have a Francis Fry label at the bottom reading 'November 1540'; apparently this is a composite volume put together by Fry after completing his work of comparing the folio editions of both the Great Bible and the Authorized or King James Bible. It is difficult to say just how many Bibles went into the current volume, but it would seem to have been at least 4 and perhaps twice that. SOLD $5500.

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Gt4. The Byble in Englysh,... London: Edwarde Whitchurch, the xxviii. daye of Maye, 1541. Large folio, old tree calf, newly rebacked. General title with 3 pieces torn from outer margin (& one from inner) and with a longitudinal hole above the imprint (repaired verso obscuring some of the list of books of the Bible there), but still largely intact (the general title is often simply missing); LACKS the first leaf of The Prologue to the reader and the blank leaf between Job and the title to the Psalms; there are marginal defects at the front, removing some text on 3 leaves and, then, a few letters on the first couple leaves of Genesis; there are repairs to the outer margin of the first 35 leaves of Genesis and occasional repairs through the end of Exodus (none affecting the text); there is staining from the front through the whole of the Pentateuch, but gradually decreasing so that toward the end it is entirely marginal; DD1 has a corner torn away & HH4 has a longitudinal hole removing up to 4 lines of text in the middle of the page. The NT title is mounted and there is a marginal repair to the first leaf of Matthew; Dd1 & 8 have the blank margins trimmed & Hh8 is repaired; the headlines are occasionally cropped or shaved, but the margins are generally good and the bulk of the text is both crisp & clean. ***Herbert 61; the fifth Great Bible, with a goodly number of small illustrations throughout the text; the defects notwithstanding, generally a reasonably good copy of a scarce early English Bible. 

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Gt5. The Byble in Englishe,... London: Nycolas Hyll, 1552. 4to, worn original calf with brass bosses (7 of 9 on each cover), newly rebacked & recornered; with one (of 2) original clasps still present; LACKS general title (a very small fragment adheres to the first leaf of the Kalendar), the 12 leaves of 'The order of the Common Prayer', and the final leaf of the table (NN6, the final leaf of the table with the colophon).

The margins of the 12 page Kalendar are a bit frayed (& the headlines are cropped); the leaf following the title, with the 'table for the ordre of the Psalmes'/ 'The ordre how the rest of holy Scripture' is somewhat defective (sometime previously having been tipped in at the end of the NT rather than in its proper place; the Table of Principall matters [14 leaves] is bound in between the Apocrypha and the New Testament (& the outer margin of the first of these leaves is defective); O8 is torn without loss; a small piece is torn from f6 (Isaiah), removing part of a sidenote; the top outer corner is torn from Z8 (Baruch), removing about 8 lines of text from the outer column; the outer margin of the NT title is torn, removing a bit of the decorative border (there is a tear without loss at the bottom as well); the outer margins of Ee 3 to 8 (Luke/John) are frayed, affecting the sidenotes (& the outer margins of several following quires are very slightly frayed, not affecting the sidenotes); the inner margins at the end of the NT are slightly defective, affecting some sidenotes; the headlines are occasionally shaved & the edges of the pages are a bit browned, but the text generally, though lightly browned, is in quite good condition.

**Herbert 98, a very scarce quarto Great Bible, designed for use in families, as opposed to the more common large folio format designed for use in Churches. Many copies of Bibles produced in the year or two prior to 'Bloody' Mary's reign were destroyed and consequently very few have survived to the present time.With 18 th and early 19 th century ownership inscriptions on the blank verso of the final leaf of the Apocrypha.

***Unusually complete for such a Bible, with the whole of the text of both Old and New Testaments complete and only lacking a minimal bit of text from Baruch in the Apocrypha. SOLD $12,000.

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Gt6. The Byble in English, ...according to the translation that is appointed to be read in Churches. London: R. Grafton, 1553. Folio, fine 19 th century morocco, ornately gilt spine & gilt paneled covers; a.e.g.; title (remargined) and following leaf are (what I think are) excellent old facsimiles; 1 st leaf of Genesis remargined with some words of missing text in neat facsimile (ditto bottom outer corner of next leaf); the edges of the outer margins are very neatly strengthened to B7 (and to 3 leaves at the end of the Apocrypha as well); neat marginal repairs to D4, 5 & 6 (Psalms); very neat repair to O4 (Ezekiel 20) replacing a few words on 4 lines of text at outer margin; the headlines are occasionally shaved, as are a few sidenotes; the text generally is crisp and fairly clean; there are a few stains and neat marginal repairs, but generally this is as nice a copy of this Bible as can be found.

**Herbert 102; this is the folio Great Bible printed between the end of Edward's and the beginning of Mary's reign; as the note in Herbert says: "Queen Mary is said to have destroyed the greater part of this impression." Copies are consequently rare. In the mid-16th century the Roman Catholic church saw the general distribution of the Word of God as a threat to its power and so sought to prevent the common people from having access to it. The deliberate destruction of much of this edition by Mary, as a Roman Catholic Queen, to prevent this further distribution of God's Word, preceded the subsequent resumption of burning people as well as Scripture. ...While in point of time this was just a brief interlude in England, Mary's reimposition of Roman Catholicism coupled with an attempt to suppress the distribution of Scripture is of considerable historical significance, not least for the history of the English Bible. Out of this period of suppression came the Geneva Bible, translated by English exiles, and a far wider distribution of the Word. This particular edition of the Great Bible illustrates the beginning of the period of persecution and suppression.

***A virtually complete copy of a very scarce Bible, rare in such fine condition. SOLD $30,000.

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Gt7. The Byble in English, ... according to the translation that is appointed to be read in Churches. London: Edwarde Whytchurche, 1553. Folio, new calf; LACKS general title; a piece is torn from the bottom of E2 (Luke 13/14) removing a few words from the inner column & most of the bottom 17 lines from the outer; the marginal notes are shaved through much of the text (though not from I Kings to Daniel); there are occasional tears & marginal defects in Psalms/Proverbs, repaired without loss; the margins of folios 131-138 (in the Prophets) have been repaired, with a few words missing toward the bottom of R3 and a few letters on R5 (with the margins a bit frayed through the end of Malachi). Most of the outer & half of the upper blank margin of the NT title is missing (slightly affecting the woodcut border at top: the table on the verso is slightly defective at the outer margins) & the following leaf (also of table) is marginally defective affecting the text; the first 8 leaves of Matthew have defective outer & bottom margins, affecting the sidenotes and, on 2 leaves, a couple letters of text; a few further margins are frayed, including K8 & L1, and there are occasional neat repairs. Generally speaking the text is fairly good and reasonably clean, though the outer edges are just slightly frayed.

**Herbert 102; this is the folio Great Bible printed between the end of Edward's and the beginning of Mary's reign; as the note in Herbert says: "Queen Mary is said to have destroyed the greater part of this impression." Copies are consequently rare. In the mid-16th century the Roman Catholic church saw the general distribution of the Word of God as a threat to its power and so sought to prevent the common people from having access to it. The deliberate destruction of much of this edition by Mary, as a Roman Catholic Queen, to prevent this further distribution of God's Word, preceded the subsequent resumption of burning people as well as Scripture. ...While in point of time this was just a brief interlude in England, Mary's reimposition of Roman Catholicism coupled with an attempt to suppress the distribution of Scripture is of considerable historical significance, not least for the history of the English Bible. Out of this period of suppression came the Geneva Bible, translated by English exiles, and a far wider distribution of the Word. This particular edition of the Great Bible illustrates the beginning of the period of persecution and suppression.

***An almost complete copy of a very scarce Bible. SOLD $15,000.

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Gt8. The Bible in Englishe according to the translation of the great Byble. London: R. Grafton, 1553. 4to, old (18 th century?) quarter calf/ marbled boards; LACKS general title, all before a6 (text starts with Genesis 17:24), M1&2 and 7&8 (Ezekiel 18:29-23:15 & 33:15-38:8) and all after K8 (Hebrews 10:1ff); the top outer corner of k2-5 is burned away, affecting the folio numbers & outer word of the headline and, on the last two leaves a letter or two to a word of text on the top 5 to 7 lines); the text generally is crisp and clean with good margins throughout, with the (undated) titles to both the Apocrypha and the NT present. ***Herbert 103: "A handy quarto edition, printed in very small type." Printed at the very end of Edward's reign, just prior to the suppression of both Bibles and people under 'bloody' Mary; copies are rare in any condition. SOLD $9500.

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Gt11. The bible in English, ... London: J. Cawood, 1569. 4to, bound in wooden boards/ leather spine (this a bit worn with large piece chipped away from bottom of spine & front hinge splitting), probably 17th/18th century(?), rather larger than the text itself (9 1/8" x 6" against 7 1/2" x 5 5/8"); lacks all before Genesis 1 AND 11 further leaves: Xx8 (a blank), Yy1 (the first leaf of Psalms), Yyy1 (title to Apocrypha), Ffff 5-8 (chapters 37-40 of 'The Booke of Jesus the sonne of Syrach'}, Llll 10 (probably a blank), A1 (NT title), B 7 & 8 (Matthew 25/6), & P7 (the beginning of I John); top corner torn from Xx 7 & N2 (in NT) affecting a couple lines of text in outer column, & bottom outer corner torn from Eee 5 & 7 (Prov/Eccl); the bottom 2/3 lines are torn from Kkk8; the outer 20% of Q7 (the last leaf of Revelation & the table) is torn away; there is a paper flaw in Nnn3 slightly affecting the text; NB: the NT concludes with K8 (Romans 8) and the rest of the NT is replaced from a similar 16th century black letter NT: this begins with chapter 13 and is from a Bishops' quarto of about the same time. The margins are slightly frayed at front and more severely so toward the end of the NT (beginning in Romans and getting progressively worse, with occasional loss to the side-notes; there are a few tears without loss. The bulk of the text is nevertheless quite good with good margins. **Herbert 127; not a nice copy, but still quite acceptable. SOLD $4000.

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The first tome or volume of the Paraphrases of Erasmus upon the newe testament,... 1551. Small thick folio, old calf, sometime rebacked, now somewhat worn & a bit shaken, but still good; title mounted (& slightly creased); the text generally is crisp and clean, though there is some minor soiling & a few tears without loss of text (the margins of quire 'Z' are a bit soiled), BUT there is worming at the front, with numerous holes at first; most are gone quickly, but the last in the text remains until folio 174 and in the margin 203; there is quite minor marginal worming in the center and at the rear. LACKING Dd5 (the last leaf of the preface to Luke), Oo4 (folio CCXCII, the beginning of Luke 9), Eee5 (folio CCCCV, the last leaf of the preface to John and the first of the text of John); Ffff7 through the end (from the beginning of Erasmus's remarks on Acts 24: 10-13, folio 599ff) AND lacks the bottom 70% of CC8 and Pii (both blank). (34)[of ?] CCCCCXCVIII leaves: the first leaf of the preface to the King is present, but at least the second (and possibly the fourth) are missing). AND

The seconde tome... London: Edward Whitchurch, 1552. Folio, old mottled calf (with a small armorial seal on both covers), sometime rebacked, bit worn; binding starting to split in middle (but still sound); title mounted; LACKS Bi & ii (folios iv & v) and with strips torn from the bottom of Uiii & iv, removing some 5 lines on the first and 2 on the second. [the material is supplied with old photocopies of each page, tipped in at the back]; the text is generally crisp. (6) CCCXXVI (12) leaves **See Herbert 73, note: the second edition, in which the leaves in each volume are numbered consecutively throughout in both volumes I & II. While not in matching bindings, the two volumes make a good, nearly complete set of this important mid-16th century work, one which Edward VI ordered should be placed in every parish church. Due to the wear and tear involved in public use, most volumes were read to death and of those which remain the majority are incomplete --and appear as odd volumes; the title pages (both present here) are often missing. Volume I appears much more frequently as an odd volume than does volume II. ***The text of the NT, which appears in roman letter type (in contrast to the black letter of the text of Erasmus), is that of the Great Bible. $5500. SOLD

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BISHOPS': A revision of the Great Bible undertaken by Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, with the assistance of many bishops & biblical scholars. It was hoped that this would replace the Great, both in the parish churches and in the hearts of the people. While the former was ordered for cathedrals and recommended for churches, this translation failed to gain popular support. As a consequence it is more commonly found in the large folio size used in churches and the quartos are relatively scarce.

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A FIRST EDITION BISHOPS' BIBLE

B1. The holie Bible... London: R. Jugge, 1568. Large folio, old (17 th century?) paneled calf, newly rebacked; LACKS general title, January to April of the Kalendar; the Genealogies are bound out of order and only about half of the 5 th leaf (now bound third) is present; the outer margin of the first two leaves of the Preface are strengthened; a second 'The summe of the whole Scripture', which is and should be present as the second of the preliminary leaves, is bound after the Kalendar and before Genesis 1 (and both have considerable repairs to the margins); the blank leaf preceding Genesis 1 is not present. These defects notwithstanding, 21 1/2 of the 26 preliminary leaves are present.

The blank outer margin of A3 has been trimmed; a piece is torn from the outer margin of A6, removing part of the marginal notes to the bottom half of the page & the outer margin of A6 has been strengthened recto, obscuring the rest the marginal notes there; A8 (Genesis 8/9), removing some of the sidenotes verso; the top outer corner of F8 is slightly burned, affecting (but not removing) the headline; small closed tear to second title; 5" paper flaw tear in the middle of the outer column in Ruth 2/3; triangular tear in F6 (I Samuel 16) removing a few words of text verso; lacks the blank leaf between the end of Job and the third title (which has a small repair to the blank bottom outer corner); the margins of C2 (Psalms 55/59) are slightly defective & strengthened (shaving sidenotes); there is a hole in I6, removingGod on his throne from the woodcut (& affecting part of a few words recto); the blank bottom outer corner is torn from the title to the Apocrypha; the outer margin of D4 (Tobia 3) & N2 (I Machabees) is strengthened; the bottom outer corner of I2 (Sirach) is torn away, removing a word or two of text; at the end of the NT the outer margins of T7 & 8 are strengthened, not affecting the text; the bottom outer corner of U1 is torn away, removing a few words to a letter from 5/6 lines of text (& the bottom and outer margins are strengthened); the outer margin of U2 is strengthened; all 4 margins of U3 are repaired, and some words of text are missing from the bottom c. 20 lines of the outer column (& the border of the top outer corner is defective); all but the top margin of U4 are strengthened & a few words to a few letters are missing from the inner side of the inner column and most of the last 3 lines of text in the outer column are missing (the end of Revelation 22) & the table verso is slightly defective; about 35% of U5 is present, with only a bit of the colophon remaining. There is some light browning, a few stains & tears without loss, but generally the text is quite good throughout, especially in the NT, the end of Revelation apart.

**Herbert 125; the first edition of the Bishops' Bible, a revision of the Great Bible which was hoped would not only be used in all the parish churches but would find general acceptance among the people at large. For a time it filled the pulpits, but the Geneva Bible filled the needs of the people's hearts and won the widespread acceptance that had been hoped for the 'authorized' Bishops' version. Of this first edition of the Bishops' (so called on account of the many Bishops involved in the work of translation) it has been said that "In typography and illustration this is perhaps the most sumptuous in the long series of folio English Bibles." With numerous woodcut illustrations.

The defects front and rear and the long list of very minor defects in the bulk of the text notwithstanding, quite a decent example of an important 16 th century English Bible and considerably better than average.

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A FIRST EDITION BISHOPS' BIBLE

B2. The holie Bible... London: R. Jugge, 1568. Large folio, old (17 th century?) paneled calf, newly rebacked and repaired); LACKS the general title, the following leaf & leaves 4 through 7 of the first gathering (the genealogies); apparently also lacking the leaf with the 'Order of the bookes' and the blank leaf: 18 of the 26 preliminary leaves are present, but a strip is cut from the top of the first leaf present (the first leaf of the Genealogies) removing some text, the outer margin of the first few leaves is a bit ragged, & there is some wear & tear to some of the leaves, though not removing text; the leaves from the Proper lessons to the end of the preliminaries are trimmed and brighter than the other leaves and may have been taken from another, smaller copy: if this was done it was quite some time ago, as there is a stain to the top inner margin which affects them as well as the other leaves.

ALSO LACKS F3 & 5 (Exodus 13: 16-14: 28 and 17: 9- 19: 10), A1 (title to second part), F(7 & 8) [two leaves between Psalms & Proverbs, possibly blanks), I(8) [Isaiah 3: 9- 5: 25], T2 (Revelation 6:7- 7:4) and T7 & 8 and V1-8 (all after Revelation 14:2, including the table & colophon at the rear);

the bottom outer corner is torn away on the following leaves: A8 [Genesis 12/13] (removing a bit of the sidenotes), N(1) [Isaiah 58: 4 & 59: 4] (removing some words on 2 lines of text), Bb2 [Nahum 3: 3 & 4/Habbakuk 1: 3] (removing between a few words and a couple letters on 6 lines of text recto and 4 verso), B3 [Matthew 15] (removing a couple words on about 12 lines of text), E3-5 [Luke 2-5] (removing a word or two on each), K1 [Acts 7] (slightly affecting text), M2 [Romans 1] (affecting part of a word of text on 3 to 6 lines), & T6 [Revelation 12/14] (removing text from 18 lines);

there are repairs to outer margin of A2 & 3 (the first leaves of Matthew); B2 (Matthew 14), removing a bit of sidenotes; O7 (Galatians 1 & 2), removing both sidenotes and a few letters on the outer margin; the outer margins of S3-6 (II Peter 2 through Jude) are worn & frayed, slightly affecting sidenotes & text;

the following leaves have been trimmed, are notably smaller than the other leaves and may have been inserted from another copy: B1 (Genesis 14), N2 (Numbers 23), H1 (Proverbs 20/1), N4 & 5 (I Corinthians 5: 9 - 9), P8 (Colossians 4/ I Thessalonians 1-3), S2 (I Peter 4/II Peter 1), S8 (Revelation 2/3) & T3 (Revelation 7: 4 - 8:4);

there is some soiling & staining and there are minor tears without loss (some repaired) throughout and frequent marginal repairs (mostly neat) to the bottom outer corner, but the text generally is still clean & reasonably crisp.

**Herbert 125; the first edition of the Bishops' Bible, a revision of the Great Bible which was hoped would not only be used in all the parish churches but would find general acceptance among the people at large. For a time it filled the pulpits, but the Geneva Bible filled the needs of the people's hearts and won the widespread acceptance that had been hoped for the 'authorized' Bishops' version. Of this first edition of the Bishops' (so called on account of the many Bishops involved in the work of translation) it has been said that "In typography and illustration this is perhaps the most sumptuous in the long series of folio English Bibles." With numerous woodcut illustrations.

Far from being a fine copy, but nevertheless quite a decent example of an important 16 th century English Bible.

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B3. The Holie Bible... London: R. Jugge, 1569. 4to, original calf, newly rebacked; with 5 (of 8) brass corners(including all 4 outer corners) and catches (no clasps); with a hand drawn facsimile of the general title. LACKS the general title, the Kalendar (6 leaves) & 4 other preliminary leaves (12 are present), the first leaf of Genesis, C6 & 7 (Genesis 41:7-43:30)(with C2-4 bound between A8 & B1); the outer margins of the first 6 quires (& the first of the Psalms) are a bit frayed, slightly affecting the sidenotes for about the first 12 leaves; the headlines are usually shaved or cropped throughout and the outer margins are often tender or a bit abraded; P7 is bound slightly askew, removing the headline almost entirely. WITHOUT the Apocrypha, seemingly never bound in; perhaps originally purchased by a Puritan who preferred the Bible without it. **Herbert 126, the second edition and the first quarto of the Bishops' Bible, with the text of the OT having received some correction and the NT some revision from the first edition of 1568. BOUND IN is The Whole Booke of Psalmes, ... London: John Daye, n.d. (probably contemporary to the Bible), lacking the last two leaves & some other leaves as well. With the ownership inscription: "William Mason his book" on Cc3 (I Chronicles 6) & Gg8 (Nehemiah 7) AND with a note by him regarding a wife on one of the rear endpapers.

Quite an early and scarce Bishops' Bible. $5500. SOLD

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B5. The holy Bible,... London: R. Jugge, 1575. Quarto, newly rebound with original blind-stamped calf covers (with original catches) laid down; LACKS all preliminary leaves including the general title, F1 & 2 (Exodus 26-28), N8 & O1 (a blank and the title before Joshua 1), Ee6 & 7 (II Chronicles 26: 4- Ezra 1: 18), A1 (the third title, preceding Psalms 1), R1 (Ezekiel 45-47), Hhh2 (in the sonne of Syrach in the Apocrypha), Iii8 & Kkk1 (Bell and the Dragon and I Machabees), A2 & 3 (the first two leaves of Matthew), K1 & 2(Acts 28: 9 to the end and the leaf between Acts & Romans); in addition to the preceding missing leaves, there are the following textual defects: a strip is torn from the top of U6, removing part of the top two lines of text (2 Samuel 19), the bottom outer corner is torn from Z4 (2 Kings 7) removing a few words from 3 lines, the top outer corner of F6 is torn away, affecting a few words of the sidenotes, a piece is torn from the bottom of Q8, removing several lines of text, the outer margin of R8 is defective, slightly affecting the outer letter or two of the sidenote at the top of the page, the NT title has pieces torn from the top & side, slightly affecting the ornamental border, the bottom outer corner is torn from A4 (the third leaf of Matthew), removing a word or 3 from 4 lines of text, the margins of A5-7 are slightly defective, affecting the sidenotes, there is a hole in the middle of Q6 (the last leaf) affecting a few words of text on c. 4 lines and part of the printer's device in the colophon verso; most headlines are shaved or cropped from the Apocrypha through the end of the NT; the text generally is crisp and in good condition throughout.

**Herbert 140, an early Bishops' quarto; black letter; BOUND WITH an incomplete Book of Common Prayer (lacking the title & probably not the BCP which was printed with this Bible: it looks to be a bit later, though it does have 17 th century ownership inscriptions) AND The Whole Booke of Psalmes... London: John Windet for the Assignes of Richard Daye, 1603. Lacks last few leaves after Psalm 148 ALSO two leaves of the Kalendar are bound in at the rear. **STC 2509; with tunes. ***The Bishops' Bible was a revision of the Great Bible undertaken by Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, with the assistance of many bishops & biblical scholars. It was hoped that this would replace the Great, both in the parish churches and in the hearts of the people. While the former was ordered for cathedrals and recommended for churches, this translation failed to gain popular support. As a consequence it is more commonly found in the large folio size used in churches and the quartos are relatively scarce.

There are various early ownership inscriptions, including 17 th century inscriptions of John and Richard Wood and a later 17 th century inscription by Matthew Hobbs; there is also an 1804 inscription by Elizabeth Raggs.

A good, sound copy, substantially better than the above detailed listing of its faults makes it sound. SOLD $2750.

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B6. The Holy Byble... London: Richarde Jugge, 1577. Small quarto, old (perhaps original reversed blindstamped calf, newly rebacked; lacks general title and all before Genesis 1, with the colophon leaf bound in at the front; Zz3-6 (in the Apocrypha) are missing; the text crisp & clean throughout. ***Herbert 151, "Sometimes erroneously described as an octavo; it is really a small quarto." In a very small black letter type: "Many of the usual marginal notes and references are omitted," probably with the intention of making this edition far more portable than most. Quite scarce; "No copy containing the general title can now be traced." $4500.

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B7. The Holy Byble... London: Christopher Barker, 1584. 4to, original calf, newly rebacked; very nice original brass clasps; LACKS both the general and NT title [but that to the Psalmes is present] AND all of the preliminary leaves [except the last page of 'The whole Scripture', the Prayer, The order how and 'Proper Lessons' [these 5 leaves may be taken from another Bible of the period], Gg 4 & 5 (leaves 236 & 7, Psalms 107:31-119:5), Xx7 [folio 351, the last leaf of Malachai), Oooo 1 & 2 [I John 3: 16 to Revelation 1: 10, folios 103 & 104] and the colophon [Pppp2]; the inner margin at the bottom of the first leaf of Genesis is decayed, slightly removing some of the sidenotes; there are repairs to the inner margin of Tt8 with slight loss of text and small pieces are torn away from Fff2 (Baruch) and Gg6 (Actes) removing some of a sidenote; there is a bit of occasional staining and there is some soiling throughout; some of the headlines in the NT are cropped. **Herbert 186, "apparently the last quarto edition" of the Bishops' Bible; black letter. The Bishops' Bible never really became popular as a 'family' Bible and thus there were relatively few quartos published: editions of the Bishops' in large folio were published until 1602, but these were for use in churches. Quarto Bishops' are quite scarce and very few of these have survived complete. This copy is perhaps a bit better than average...and the brass clasps are really quite nice. $3500.

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B8. The Holy Byble... London: Christopher Barker, 1584. 4to, original front cover with new spine & rear cover; the general title is mounted a3, 4 & 5 (of the Kalendar) have pieces torn from the bottom, removing text; the bottom outer corner is torn from O1, just touching the text. The text generally is lightly browned around the edges, but has minimal soiling and generally is quite good; the Bible text proper is complete and the colophon (usually missing) is present. **Herbert 186, "apparently the last quarto edition" of the Bishops' Bible; black letter. The Bishops' Bible never really became popular as a 'family' Bible and thus there were relatively few quartos published: editions of the Bishops' in large folio were published until 1602, but these were for use in churches. Quarto Bishops' are quite scarce and very few of these have survived complete. BOUND IN is The Whole Booke of Psalmes,... London: Iohn Daye, 1584 (defective after Psalm 103 & lacking all after Psalm 129).

Although Herbert says "No general title is known", this copy has the general title (& a total of 36 preliminary leaves); only the 3 mentioned leaves of the Kalendar are textually defective. A remarkably complete copy of a Bible of which no complete copies are recorded.

There is a 1692 ownership inscription on the blank page facing the title to The Psalter or Psalmes: Mary Coles her book god give her grace theairen to look and when the bell for her douth toule lord iesus christ recive her soule the rose is read the gras is grene the days are past which i have seene november the 28 1692. $9500.

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B9. The Text of the New Testament of Jesus Christ, Translated out of the vulgar Latine by the Papists of the traiterous Seminarie at Rhemes. ...Whereunto Is Added the Translation out of the Original Greeke, commonly used in the Church of England, with A Confutation Of All Such Arguments, Glosses, and Annotations, as conteine manifest impietie, [etc.] By William Fulke. London: Thomas Adams, 1617. Large folio, original calf with gilt device on both covers, sometime recently rebacked & recornered. Title defective at blank corners & mounted. (56) 912 (13)pp **Herbert 359; a good copy of the third edition of this parallel column edition of the Rheims/Bishops' NT, with substantial additions by Fulke before his death. This edition includes: William Fulke. A Defense of The Sincere and True Translation of the Holy Scriptures into the English Tongue, against the manifold cavils, frivolous quarrels, and impudent slanders of Gregorie Martin,... London: Aug. Matthewes, one of the Assignes of Hester Ogden, 1633. (4) 206 (2) 18pp. The blank bottom outer corner of the last few leaves is neatly repaired. SOLD $1750.

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B10. The Text of the New Testament of Jesus Christ, Translated out of the vulgar Latine by the Papists of the traitorous Seminarie at Rhemes. ...Whereunto Is Added the Translation out of the Original Greeke, commonly used in the Church of England, with A Confutation of all Such Arguments, Glosses, and Annotations, as conteine manifest impietie, [etc.] By William Fulke. London: Augustine Matthewes on of the assignes of Hester Ogden, 1633. Folio, original calf, newly rebacked reusing old label; new endpapers; the text is crisp & clean with good margins. Portrait (mounted), (58) 912 (13)pp**Herbert 480; a nice copy of the fourth (and last) edition of this parallel column edition of the Rheims/Bishops' NT, with substantial additions by Fulke before his death. This edition includes: William Fulke. A Defense of The Sincere and True Translation of the Holy Scriptures into the English Tongue, against the manifold cavils, frivolous quarrels, and impudent slanders of Gregorie Martin,... London: Aug. Matthewes, one of the Assignes of Hester Ogden, 1633. (4) 206 (2) 17pp. SOLD $1750.

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B11. The Text of the New Testament of Jesus Christ, Translated out of the vulgar Latine by the Papists of the traitorous Seminarie at Rhemes. ...Whereunto Is Added the Translation out of the Original Greeke, commonly used in the Church of England, with A Confutation of all Such Arguments, Glosses, and Annotations, as conteine manifest impietie, [etc.] By William Fulke. London: Augustine Matthewes on of the assignes of Hester Ogden, 1633. Folio, 19 th century calf, lacks label; the text is crisp & clean with good margins. Lacks portrait. (58) 912 (13)pp**Herbert 480; a good copy of the fourth (and last) edition of this parallel column edition of the Rheims/Bishops' NT, with substantial additions by Fulke before his death. This edition includes: William Fulke. A Defense of The Sincere and True Translation of the Holy Scriptures into the English Tongue, against the manifold cavils, frivolous quarrels, and impudent slanders of Gregorie Martin,... London: Aug. Matthewes, one of the Assignes of Hester Ogden, 1633. (4) 206 (2) 17pp. $1500.

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B12. The Newe Testament... London: Christopher Barker, 1581. Small 8vo, old (c. 1800) tree calf, slightly rubbed; title (in red & black) soiled, with outer edge slightly shaved; 3 leaves of calendar shaved at outer edge; corner of N4 torn away, affecting one side note; pieces torn from outer margin of K5 and Aa5, affecting side-notes, only slightly on the latter. The above minor defects apart the text is very good, with good margins throughout. **Herbert 172; STC 2881a.5. The Herbert revision of Darlow and Moule locates copies in the New York Public Library and in the Bodleian (but STC does not locate a copy of this edition in the Bodleian).

In the 16th and 17th centuries, separately printed New Testaments served as pocket books and were the only Bibles realistically within the means of the working man (and then only with some difficulty). Quite understandably most copies were read to death and most extant copies are defective, many quite seriously. This is true of all of the small, early NT's: the Tyndale (the first Bishops' NT's are in a very similar format), the Bishops', the Geneva and the KJV.

The separately printed Bishops' NT is known in approximately 32 editions/printings (there is some discrepancy between Herbert and STC); between them 55 copies are listed (though STC does not locate several found by Herbert); of these no more than 27 are complete and quite probably a fair percentage of those which are not described as incomplete have leaves missing, but have not been examined carefully for the purpose. [Very few are positively described as complete.]

Of the known copies of all editions/printings 22 (40%) are in the collection of the British and Foreign Bible Society (now on deposit in the Cambridge University Library), 11 are in libraries in London, Oxford and Cambridge and only 7 elsewhere in the United Kingdom. ONLY 15 are found in the USA and 10 of these are in the fine collection of the New York Public Library (ranging from a copy of the second, 1569/1572, edition through a 1618 edition and including a copy of the present edition, which MAY be the only other copy extant--that supposed to be in the Bodleian by Herbert not being listed in the STC). The other 5 copies in the USA are respectively at the Library of Congress and Trinity College, Hartford (both STC 2893, 1595), the Library Company of Philadelphia (STC 2906, 1608), the Huntington Library (STC 2912.5, 1614) and the University of Michigan (STC 2914, 1615).

A rare 16th century Bishops' NT, a book intended for the use of the common man. $12,500.

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B13. The New Testament... London: Robert Barker, 1610. Small 8vo, new calf; LACKS title, but otherwise complete and with the dated colophon present. **No copies recorded anywhere: not in Herbert nor in the STC. Herbert 297, published in 1608, is similar; Barker apparently published these separately printed NT's fairly regularly, but very few of them have survived. SOLD.

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Douay/Rheims

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DR1. The Holie Bible Faithfully Translated into English, out of the authentical Latin. Diligently conferred with the Hebrew, Greeke, and other Editions in divers languages. ...By the English College of Doway. Doway: Laurence Kellam, 1609. AND The Second Tome of the Holie Bible... Doway: Laurence Kellam, 1610. ***2 volumes, quarto, ornately gilt paneled 19th century calf, newly rebacked with ornately gilt spines to match; dual red labels; Volume I: the outer edges of the margins of the 4 leaves of gathering ‘X’ (pp. 161-168) are a bit browned & abraded (something which may have occured before they were originally bound in, as there is no defect to the preceding or following leaves); in lesser measure there are similar defects to Cc3-Ee4 (pp. 213-232), Qq1-4 (pp 313-321), Zzz1-Bbbb4 (569-592), andWwww (pp. 737-744); in no case is the text affected; there is minor worming to the blank inner margin between pages 150 and 300 and there are a few stains, mostly to the bottom inner corner at, but the text generally is crisp and clean; Volume II: the title is lightly soiled and has an old ownership inscription at the top; there are occasional stains, mostly marginal, and there are marginal repairs at the rear to 6 leaves of the “Historical Table” (slightly affecting the text on 3 of them) and the final 3 leaves of the index; the text generally is crisp and clean.  ***Herbert 300; the minor defects notwithstanding, quite a nice set of the first edition of the Roman Catholic version of the Old Testament. There is the 19th century bookplate of Robert Vaughan-Hughes in both volumes, with a yellow library note tipped in above the bookplate in volume I.   SOLD

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DR2. [The Holie Bible Faithfully Translated into English, out of the authentical Latin. Diligently conferred with the Hebrew, Greeke, and other Editions in divers languages. ...By the English College of Doway. Doway: Laurence Kellam, 1609.] AND The Second Tome of the Holie Bible... Doway: Laurence Kellam, 1610.   ***2 volumes bound in one, very thick quarto, early 17th century (perhaps original) calf, neat old repairs to corners and to the top & bottom joints of the covers with the one at the top of the front cover starting to split again --the binding is nevertheless sound); with dual labels and gilt devices to the spine and with ornate gilt cartouches in the center of each cover; LACKS the title to volume I; with a light dampstain to the top margin at the front, gradually shrinking and disappearing by page 100, and with a dampstain to the edge of the bottom margin through most of the volume; the blank top outer corner is slightly worn away at the rear; the text is otherwise essentially crisp & clean throughout).     ***Herbert 300; quite a nice set of the first edition of the Roman Catholic version of the Old Testament; these two volumes are very rarely found bound together: over 2200 pages bound in one volume makes for a very thick book. With the 19th century bookplate of Thomas Edward Watson inside the front cover.    SOLD $7000.

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DR3. The Second Tome of the Holie Bible Faithfully Translated Into English, out of the Authentical Latin. ...With Arguments [etc.] By the English Colledge of Doway; ... [Rouen]: John Coustrurier, 1635. 4to, old (perhaps original) paneled calf, ornately gilt spine (piece missing from head of spine & lacking label), a bit worn; text crisp & clean throughout. *** Herbert 499; the second edition of the Douay Old Testament, volume II ONLY; some copies were printed with an extra engraved title, but this one apparently was not provided with one. SOLD $750.

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DR4. The New Testament of Jesus Christ Faithfully Translated into English, Out of the authentical Latin, ... The fourth Edition, enriched with Pictures. [Rouen?]: John Cousturier, 1633. 4to, old (c. 1800) tree calf; gilt devices on spine; LACKS the extra engraved title and the engravings in the text (with the text of preliminary matter on the reverse side, except the engraving facing Revelation, which is blank recto) at the beginning of Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans & Revelation (E8, H5, N1, R2, Y4, SS5); the printed title has been reinserted with its inner margin trimmed (with the result that the outer margin does not extend as far as the body of the text); there is a stain to bottom inner corner from about the beginning of Revelation to the end; Tt1 has a horizontal tear almost across the middle of the leaf, without loss; the text generally is crisp and clean. *** Herbert 479; a attractive copy; though without the engravings (which were apparently extracted before the book was put into its present binding), with the Bible text complete. SOLD $350.

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DR5. The New Testament of our Lord Jesus Christ; with Arguments of Books and Chapters: with Annotations, And other Helps, For the better understanding the Text, and especially for the Discovery of Corruptions in divers late Translations: and for clearing up Religious Controversies of the present Times. To which are added Tables of the Epistles and Gospels, Controversies, and Heretical Corruptions. The Text is faithfully translated into English, out of the Authentical Latin, diligently conferred with the Greek, and other Editions in divers Languages: and the Annotations &c. are affix'd to it By the English College then resident in Rhemes. The Fifth Edition, (the First in Folio) adorn'd with Cuts. Printed in the Year 1738. Tall folio, original calf, newly rebacked and recornered; minor marginal worming throughout & minor staining in the bottom margin in the middle of the book. Frontispiece, (1) xix (1) 646 (32)pp **Herbert 1041, possibly printed in Douay; the first Rheims NT since 1633, possibly edited by Richard Challoner and Francis Blyth; the 'cuts' (of the four Evangelists) are not present in this copy. Quite scarce. $2250.

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The King James or Authorized: the importance of this translation, both in regard to the influence of the Bible in the English speaking world and in regard to the influence of this translation on the English language can not be overstated. It has been and in large measure still is the English Bible.

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LARGE, BLACK LETTER FOLIO: beginning with the first edition, first issue, great 'HE' Bible a series of 5 black letter folios was issued, intended primarily for use in churches. These Bibles were designed to read page for page with each other, with exactly the same text on each. But while at first glance they appear to be identical, they are entirely distinct printings and there are minor differences on each page which distinguish them from each other. With the right reference works it is possible to identify which of the folio editions any given leaf comes from. But they are nevertheless very similar and for quite some years a copy of one or another of these editions was to be found in virtually every parish church in England.

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FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE KJV: THE GREAT 'HE' BIBLE

The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1611. Large folio, old (perhaps original) calf rear cover neatly bound with a new front cover and spine (quite nice); with the general title, all preliminary leaves (except the last two leaves of the 'Translators to the Reader', which have marginal repairs; the first 9 leaves and the 12 th leaf of Genesis are in facsimile (with marginal repairs to the 10 th and 11 th leaves, with a piece missing from the inner margin of the 10 th leaf); Yy2-6 and Zz1 & 2 are also replaced in facsimile (Esther and the first 2 leaves of Job); the top & bottom outer corners of the NT title are in facsimile; a piece is torn from the side margin of D6 (Genesis 42), removing a couple of marginal references; the initial capital letter has been torn from chapter 1 of Luke (affecting text recto as well); a piece is torn from the bottom outer corner of H2 (Luke 16), removing a couple letters of text recto & verso, of P3 (Romans 7), affecting a couple words on 3 lines recto & 2 verso, and V1, removing a few words from 5 lines verso from 2 Thess 1: 8 & 9 (the recto is blank at the bottom apart from the rules); the blank margins of the bottom outer corners are a bit decayed throughout & the outer margins of the half dozen or so leaves before the beginning of Jude; Z3 & 4 have marginal repairs (Jude & the first leaf of Revelation) and Z5 (the second leaf of Revelation) has pieces missing (neatly replaced in facsimile); the final 7 leaves of Revelation are replaced in facsimile. The binding is 15 7/8" tall & the pages 15 1/4"

***Herbert 309, the first edition, first issue of the King James' or Authorized version of the Bible: the great 'HE' Bible, known for the mistaken reading in Ruth iii. 15, "and he went into the city" where it should read "she". The culmination of nearly a century of Bible translation and substantially derived from its predecessors, its subsequent status as the English translation, even to the present time, is well deserved; in considerable measure it is the preeminent book in the English language and its influence is without equal. In regard to the leaves which are present, this copy has the first state of the text consistently throughout, with no gatherings from later printings at all. Cf. Francis Fry's definitive work: A Description of the Great Bible, 1539 ...also of The Editions, in Large Folio of the Authorized Version... London: Willis and Sotheran, 1865. SOLD $37,500.

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The great 'SHE' Bible

The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1613-11. Large folio, new paneled black morocco/label; lacks the general title, all of the preliminary leaves [except the third leaf of the translators to the reader, C2 to 5 (March to October of the Kalendar), D1-3 (the Almanacke to the Proper Psalms; the outer corners are somewhat defective), A3 & 4 and B1-3 & 5-6 (of the Genealogies)], the map, Bbb3 (the last leaf of Job), A1 (the NT title), Y4 (I Peter) & Aa1-6 (the final 6 leaves of Revelation) [the missing leaves are all replaced in facsimile]; the first leaves of Genesis are a bit soiled; there are two small holes in the outer column of B6, each affecting a few letters of text; the bottom outer corner of Z1 has a paper flaw, slightly affecting the sidenote recto; there is a small hole in Cc2, affecting a few letters of text recto & verso; there is an internal tear in Mm6, removing a few letters each on 11 lines of text in the outer column; there is a small burn hole in Oo4 affecting a letter of text; the initial letter 'H' beginning Psalm 49 on Ddd3 has been cut out and is replaced in facsimile (fairly well done verso, but not in respect to the missing material recto); there is a tear and a stain to Eee1, removing a few words of text; the bottom half of the outer margins of Iii3 & 4 are defective, removing a few letters from the sidenotes; the bottom outer corner of Kkk1 is torn away, removing a few words from the bottom 12/13 lines of the outer column of text; two small pieces are torn from the bottom of Ooo6, one removing a bit of the bottom sidenote verso; there is a piece (replaced in facsimile) torn from the top inner margin of Y3 (I Peter) removing a word of headline and a few letters recto and a couple words to a few letters from 13 lines verso--and a tear to the bottom outer corner is repaired; the outer margins of quires H, I & K (Luke/John) are defective (chewed?) without affecting text or sidenotes; the bottom outer corners are a bit worn toward the end of the NT; there are the usual variety of minor tears without loss of text (including a horizontal tear across X2 in Hebrews), stains & wear, a bit heavier in the NT (especially the final leaves at the end of the NT) than in the OT or Apocrypha; these defects notwithstanding, the text is generally very good; there are good margins throughout [the pages are 15 1/2" tall]. ***Herbert 319; the great 'SHE' Bible, the second issue of the first edition of the Authorized or King James Bible. ***There are late 18 th century ownership inscriptions by William and Miriam Cross on the blank verso of the last leaf of 'Solomon's Song'; older names in the outer margin of the verso of Ppp2 & the last leaf of the Apocrypha; on the verso of Iiii2 (the end of Malachi) there is a note to the effect that "James Cross died suddenly Novr. 28 th 1861 - aged 65 years-". $21,000 SOLD

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The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1617. Large folio, old reversed calf, newly rebacked & re-edged; general title and A2 in facsimile; also LACKS C1-6 (the Kalendar); there is a hole in C1 of the genealogies, removing one of the shields; the double page map is present, but defective at the edges (removing both border and a bit of text at points); the margins are cut quite small, occasionally removing the rules and even shaving headlines or sidenotes (the margins improve toward the end of the OT and, while small, are better through the Apocrypha and NT; occasional staining to the bottom margin, occasionally touching text & light dampstaining to bottom outer corner in Revelation; the final two leaves are slightly wrinkled; apart from the 8 preliminary leaves mentioned, the text is complete and generally crisp and clean. **Herbert353; a largeblack letter folio KJV, the third in the series closely resembling the first edition 'HE' KJV, with 59 lines of text to a full column, with each edition having exactly the same text on each page. A respectable copy, with the Biblical text proper complete and (though a bit defective) with the map, usually missing. $16,000. SOLD

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The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1617. Large folio, original blindstamped calf over oak boards, newly recased with repairs to the calf; with 1 brass corner piece missing, 1 largely missing and pieces chipped from two others (& the front centerpiece); the rear catches are present, but the clasps are missing; the general title is partly mounted (& a bit soiled); there is a small (worm?)hole in the first 5 leaves, affecting a few letters of text on each page; LACKS the double page map and 5D6, the final leaf of Revelation (which is replaced in a neat old hand); the bottom outer corner of Lll1 (Ecclesiastes 4) is torn without loss of text & there is a tear w/o loss to 4U6 (Baruch); the outer margin a bit tender from about Timothy & decayed from 5C3 (Jude) to the end of Revelation (5C3&4 are torn without loss, but no text is missing on any of these final leaves); though there are a few minor stains & a bit of soiling, the text generally is crisp & clean throughout; the pages are 16 1/8" tall. **Herbert353; a largeblack letter folio KJV, the third in the series closely resembling the first edition 'HE' KJV, with 59 lines of text to a full column, with each edition having exactly the same text on each page. Quite a nice copy. ***Included with this Bible is a 17 th century Bible box: I purchased them together and it would seem that they have been together a very long time, perhaps since the 17 th century. SOLD $19,500.

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The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1634. Large folio, original blindstamped calf over oak boards, newly restored, with new spine, one new cornerpiece (on rear cover--the others, and the centerpieces, are original and quite ornate), both vertical metal strips and clasps: producing a very attractive book. The two leaves following the general title are missing, as is the last leaf of Revelation; the margins of the general title are repaired (with minor loss), 2 ½ inches of text has been cut out of the outer column of Zzz3 (Ezekiel 16); the final leaves of Revelation have substantial (and increasing) loss of text in the outer column; there is periodic loss in the outer margin in the NT (not affecting text); toward the middle of the book the top margin is decayed in the middle, but not affecting the headlines; the text is generally quite good with good margins. ***Herbert 487; quite a scarce large black letter folio. $18,000. SOLD

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The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1634. Large folio, original blindstamped calf: the spine has been torn & repaired & the whole is a bit shaken, but still attactive; there is a tear without loss in the inner margin of the general title; there is a small hole in Mmm1 (removing a letter of text); there are small tears without loss in 3C 1 & 2, 5L6, 5R1 & 5S3; the bottom outer corner (affecting the blank margin only) is torn away from 5D3&4, 5Y6, 6A2; there is a light dampstain to the outer margin of the preliminary leaves, ending at the beginning of Genesis; there are occasional stains (some light) which resemble food stains, mostly on facing pages: I2verso/I3recto, Rr6verso/Ss1recto, 5E4verso/5E5recto (this has apparently chemically removed a few words of text) and 4B1recto and 5L6recto; there is a half-moon stain (10" x 3 1/4" at its greatest extent) toward the end of the NT, beginning quite light but becomming darker by Jude and extending through the end of Revelation; the text generally, however, is crisp and clean with good margins throughout; the pages are 15 7/8" tall. ***Herbert 487; quite a scarce large black letter folio, the next last in the series closely resembling the first edition 'HE' KJV, with 59 lines of text to a full column, with each edition having exactly the same text on each page. A better than average copy. $16,000. SOLD

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The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1634. Large folio, 19 th century inlaid gilt paneled calf, newly rebacked. The general title is mounted with the bottom outer corner torn away (removing the outer part of the bottom three portraits) & with other minor defects); the blank outer corners are strengthened through the second leaf of Genesis (as is the outer margin on the third leaf) and the outer margins are a bit tender through Genesis; there is a lightening dampstain largely in the outer column which only finally disappears toward the end of the historical books; the bottom outer corner of B3 is torn away, removing a bit of the sidenote verso; a piece is torn from the outer blank margin of C6; small burn hole in Lll1, affecting a few letters of text; many bottom margins are strengthened from Uuuuu1 (I Corinthians 12) to the end of the NT (& there is light dampstaining in the outer column growing a bit heavier from about the same place); Xxxxx is torn without loss; Zzzzz5 has the bottom outer corner torn away (& repaired), removing a few words of text; the bottom inner corner of Dddddd is torn away, removing between c. 40% and a few letters from 10 lines of text; Dddddd4 is torn vertically in the inner column with a hole toward the bottom a word or two wide and about 12 lines high; Dddddd5 is defective (affecting a bit of text) in the inner margin and has a piece torn from the bottom removing all of the margin and some words from the bottom 3 lines of the outer column; LACKS Dddddd6, the final leaf of Revelation. Generally the outer margin is cut quite tight to the outer rule and occasionally shaves the sidenotes & some headlines are shaved or cropped, especially in the NT (never rendering them unreadable); the text as a whole, the dampstaining notwithstanding, is crisp and clean.***Herbert 487; quite a scarce large black letter folio, the next last in the series closely resembling the first edition 'HE' KJV, with 59 lines of text to a full column, with each edition having exactly the same text on each page. An almost complete copy, with both title pages present, but one with very small margins: the pages are 15" tall. $13,500.SOLD

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The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1640-39. Large folio, old paneled reversed calf. General title mounted & defective (with substantial portion of the upper outer corner missing); B1 is loose; the NT title (slightly defective at edges) is inserted facing Matthew 1; the bottom margin of Ddddd6 is defective with the corner torn away, removing some words of text; the corner of Iiiii3 is torn away, removing some words of text; the bottom margin of Ooooo1-6 is defective, removing a marginal note on 1; Dddddd6, the final leaf of Revelation is missing. In general the OT is crisp & clean; the NT is slightly worn & soiled in places. This copy is approximately 15¼" tall. ***Herbert 543; the last of the large black letter folio editions of the KJV, still closely resembling the first edition 'HE' KJV, with 59 lines of text to a full column, with each edition having exactly the same text on each page. A better than average copy. $13,500. SOLD

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The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1640-39. Large folio, 17 th century paneled calf (with a strip missing at bottom of the rear cover), sometime repaired head & tail of spine with a somewhat lighter morocco, the whole a bit worn, but quite sound and not unattractive; the bottom outer corner of the title is torn away, slightly affecting the imprint (& the blank inner margin has a piece missing toward the top [the next couple leaves are also defective, though in smaller degree, in the same two places, though the text is not affected]); the bottom outer corner of R6 (Deuteronomy 10) has been torn away, removing a letter or two of text from 7 lines recto & verso; the bottom outer corner of 5Q6 has been torn away, not affecting the text; the bottom outer corner shows a bit of use, particularly toward the end of the NT & the last few leaves of Revelation have a couple wrinkles, but generally the text is crisp & clean throughout, with good margins: the pages are just under 16 1/4" tall. ***Herbert 543; the last of the large black letter folio editions of the KJV, still closely resembling the first edition 'HE' KJV, with 59 lines of text to a full column, with each edition having exactly the same text on each page. A considerably better than average copy; virtually complete. $17,500. SOLD

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Folio: other than the series of large, black letter folios (above), designed to supply parish churches throughout England with lectern or pulpit Bibles, folio KJVs were printed in roman letter text. They vary considerably in size. Some seem to have been designed simply for those who could afford the luxury of a larger Bible, others later in the century for use in churches as the large black letter editions wore out. No doubt some were used in churches which either could not afford or at least chose not to spend the money on the (relatively) expensive large folios.

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The Holy Bible,... London: Robert Barker, 1616. Folio, old calf, newly rebound with old covers laid down; title somewhat soiled, with minor tears around the edges with slight loss; minor, largely marginal, worming at front, often affecting a few letters of text to the beginning of Leviticus; the Adam & Eve plate is slightly torn with loss at edges (& with the outer margin strengthened); throughout the Bible, but particularly in the Pentateuch, there are some notes and many textual emendations (e.g., crossing out 'God' in Genesis 1 and substituting 'The All Mighty', or, later, substituting 'Jehovah' consistently for 'Lord') in a 19th century hand, in ink; the middle of the outer margin is defective from the end of Proverbs to the beginning of Jeremiah, at its worst to the detriment of the sidenotes; Cccc4 is crudely repaired at bottom outer corner, though without loss; there are a few other minor tears without loss. The noted defects notwithstanding, not at all a bad copy, with good margins throughout and with the text crisp. **Herbert 349, the first small folio KJV, printed in Roman type, and the first to receive any considerable revision of the text. Quite an important edition. Bound in is a Book of Common Prayer (without a title), the Genealogies (lacking the map) and, at the rear, The Whole Booke of Psalmes. London: the Company of Stationers, 1612 (lacking a few of the supplementary leaves at rear). SOLD $2000.

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The Holy Bible... Cambridge: Tho: and John Buck, 1629. Small folio,18 th (?) century morocco, ornately gilt spine & covers (label a bit defective & the whole binding a bit rubbed, but still attractive); a.e.g.; the outer margin of the general title & following leaf is slightly abraded; much of the top margin is cut from A1 [Genesis 1], blank on the recto, but removing much of the headline verso (probably to remove an ownership inscription); the final two leaves of the NT are loose (but complete); the endpapers at the rear have been removed; there is some minor staining & soiling, but the text generally is crisp and clean, with good margins, throughout. **Herbert 424, the first edition of the KJV printed in Cambridge and the first complete revision of the KJV text.

Apart from the minor defects noted, still a good, complete copy of this important edition of the KJV. $3250. SOLD

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The Holy Bible... Cambridge: Tho: and John Buck, 1629. Small folio, old calf, newly rebacked; engraved title (lightly soiled), Dd2 [Job 1] is torn & repaired (reattached at top & inner margins) without loss, Zz6 [II Esdras] has a small tear without loss; there is a stain to the bottom outer corner beginning in II Esdras and ending in Ecclesiasticus 20, affecting a bit of text for about 10 leaves (of about 28 total); there is an ink stain on the recto of Rrr1, affecting part of John 12: 29-32; there is some minor staining & soiling, but the text generally is crisp and clean, with good margins, throughout. **Herbert 424, the first edition of the KJV printed in Cambridge and the first complete revision of the KJV text. With a May 31 st ownership inscription of John Damen, Isle Brewers Somerset in the bottom margin of Ii4 [Proverbs 6] and the ownership inscription of Jeremiah Harris Wateringbury inside the front cover.

A good, complete copy of this important edition of the KJV.   $4250. SOLD

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The Holy Bible... Cambridge: Tho: Buck and Roger Daniel, 1638. Large folio, original calf with ornate decorative brass corner and center pieces; catches present, but lacks clasps; with only the top 3/4 of the brass strips holding the original protective extra spine: the bottom of the spine a bit frayed; LACKS the general title; closed tears to P5 & 6, Ii1 & Qqq2; from Y1 to Pp8 there is a small stain in the top margin, at its worst just touching a couple letters of the headline toward the inner margin; there is a light dampstain, growing a bit more noticeable toward the end of the NT, to the top outer corner (but not at all in the Psalter following!); there is a paper flaw in Fff1, removing a letter of the headline; the bottom outer corner of Ttt is torn away, removing some words from 8 lines of The prayer of Manasses recto and from 10 lines of verses 10 & 11 of I Maccabees verso; the bottom outer corner of Q2 is slightly defective, affecting the catchword recto and just touching two letters of text verso; though there is some light staining and some soiling in the NT, generally the text is fairly crisp and clean.**Herbert 520, "The authentique corrected Cambridge Bible, revised Mandato Regio, by the learned Doctor Ward,"... This was the standard text until the Cambridge 1762 revision edited by Dr. Paris. Bound in a copy of The Book of Common Prayer (Cambridge: Thomas Buck and Roger Daniel, 1638), lacking the title, and a complete copy of The Whole Book of Psalmes (Cambridge: Thomas Buck and Roger Daniel, 1638), the last leaf being somewhat worn & soiled.

**Generally a very good, tall (the binding is 14 3/4") copy of this important Bible, in what is still quite a nice period binding, lacking only the general title and a corner from a leaf in the Apocrypha. There is a 1646 ownership inscription on the verso of the title to the Psalter: 'George Birch his booke 1656' SOLD $3500.

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The Holy Bible... Cambridge: Tho: Buck and Roger Daniel, 1638. Large folio, new black morocco, ornately gilt spine & gilt paneled covers; a.e.g.; title with a geometric red penwork border & text ruled in red throughout (NT title with red flowers/green stems & red/green pillars); with a dampstain at top and bottom toward the inner margin, affecting much of the inner column, gradually decreasing over about 16 lines; it is heavier and more noticeable toward the front (starting mid-way through Genesis) and gradually becomes smaller and lighter (but increases a bit toward the end of the NT), and is somewhat worse at the bottom than the top. There are some neat annotations in an old hand, largely in Greek, throughout the Pentateuch. Apart from the staining, a very nice, extremely tall (the binding is 17 1/4", the text 16 1/2"), wide-margined copy of this important Bible. ***Herbert 520, "The authentique corrected Cambridge Bible, revised Mandato Regio, by the learned Doctor Ward,"... This was the standard text until the Cambridge 1762 revision edited by Dr. Paris. An important Bible, as it is the last of the 17 th century KJVs to receive carefull correction. SOLD $3250.

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A huge 17 th century English Bible,

with a large number of double page copperplate illustrations

The Holy Bible... Cambridge: John Field, 1660. 2 volumes, very large folio (17 1/4" x 12"), 19 th century polished calf (covers with gilt borders), bit worn; newly rebacked & recornered, with ornately gilt spines; the engraved general title is neatly mounted; there are occasional tears & repairs to a small number of the engravings; 3 of the engravings have small pieces missing at the corners, 3 have defects to the inner fold and a few have their borders trimmed quite tightly, but generally the engravings are quite nice; the text has a slight bit of soiling but is generally crisp & clean throughout.

**Herbert 668; a Bible which Samuel Pepys described in his Diary in 1667 as "like to be so big that I shall not use it."

***With a fine engraved general title, a double, double page folding map of Jerusalem and 65 double page copperplate engravings: these include a map of the Holy Land, two views of the temple and 62 Biblical scenes. These begin with Adam & Eve in the garden and proceed through the ascension into heaven, with a couple scenes in Acts as well. Some are very typical, others rarely depicted; most involve fine views of woodlands, farms, towns, castles and interiors which would have been familiar to the educated European mind of the mid-17 th century. This, of course, was a rich man's Bible, and the interiors shown reflect what would have been typical in their houses-- and in no meaningful way relate to the situation in Biblical times. Many copies of this Bible were issued with only the map, the views of the temple and one of the double-page engravings -- and some were issued with none.

A nice illustrated mid-17 th century Bible: the largest English Bible printed prior to the 18 th century. SOLD $5500.

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The King James Bible, with the Geneva notes:

The Holy Bible..., Newly translated out of the original Tongues and with the former Translations diligently compared and revised by his Majestie’s special command. With most profitable Annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance. Which notes have never before been set forth with this new Translation. Printed in the Year, 1708. Large folio, new blindstamped calf; LACKS the extra engraved title; general title a bit browned and repaired at margins; the next least leaf of the Sternhold & Hopkins Psalter bound in at the rear has the top outer corner torn away, affecting a bit of text; occasional browning or foxing, but overall the text is clean and fairly crisp. ***Herbert 897; all 6 double page/ folding maps are present: these include a map of the world showing California as an island and a map of the city of Jerusalem. The maps are often missing or defective. $1250.

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With a Scottish Psalter

The Holy Bible..., Newly translated out of the original Tongues and with the former Translations diligently compared and revised by his Majestie’s special command. With most profitable Annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance. Which notes have never before been set forth with this new Translation. Printed in the Year, 1708. Large folio, original intricately blindstamped calf over oak boards, newly rebacked; the upper of the two original clasps is still present and working; the map of Paradise has the bottom ¾ of the border on the left torn away, just affecting the map proper at the bottom AND there is a tear without loss to the middle of the left edge of the map of Jerusalem; the leaf facing the first leaf of the Apocrypha is browned (as are a few other leaves); there is some light browning, but generally the text is clean in quite good. *** Herbert 897; the extra engraved title (dated 1679) and all 6 double page/ folding maps are present: these include a map of the world showing California as an island and a map of the city of Jerusalem. The maps are often missing or defective. *** The Psalter at the rear is Scottish, rather than the usual Sternhold and Hopkins Psalms [The Psalms of David in Meeter. Newly translated, and diligently compared with the Original Text and former Translations:... Allowed by the Authority of the General Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland, and appointed to be sung in Congregations and Families. Edinburgh: Evan Tyler, 1675] ; possibly this Bible was specifically designed for export to Scotland (or perhaps to Scots in America?); as the binding is clearly Dutch, it would seem that the Psalters were sent to Holland from Scotland and bound in with the Bible there. The last couple leaves of the Psalter are browned. $1850.

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The Holy Bible..., Newly translated out of the Original Tongues, And with the former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. By His Majestie’s Special Command. Printed in the Year, 1715. Large folio, original intricately blindstamped calf over oak boards, newly rebacked & recornered; lacks clasps (though the catches are present); the extra engraved title’s margins are defective, but are very neatly repaired (as are the margins to the front free endpaper, the two blank leaves with the handwritten genealogical records and the title to the Book of Common Prayer); there is a stain to the inner margin of a few leaves at the front; there is a large stain to the last 5 leaves; there is occasional browning and considerable spotting/foxing (mostly marginal), but overall the text is quite good. *** Herbert 936; there signature of Robert Andress 1735 is inside the front cover and there are 2 pages of genealogical records pertaining to his family; a 1715 Book of Common Prayer is bound in at the front and The Whole Book of Psalms: Collected into English Metre, by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and Others. 1715, at the rear; all 6 double page/ folding maps are present: these include a map of the world showing California as an island and a map of the city of Jerusalem. The maps are often missing or defective. $1650.

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The Vinegar Bible

The Holy Bible,... Oxford: John Baskett, 1717. 2 volumes, tall folio, contemporary black morocco, newly rebacked with original ornately gilt spines very neatly laid down; with center armorial devices; a.e.g.; with 5 (of 8) blue silk ties (4 with gilt metal fringes) still present (though one is loose); ruled in red throughout; there is a small library call number in red ink at the top outer corner of the title page; with the facing pages with the 'Vinegar' mistake in Luke being lightly browned and a bit foxed (and with a small closed tear at the bottom of the leaf with the mistake), almost certainly the result of the book having been open on display for a considerable period of time.

**Herbert 942A, which refers to this edition as "A magnificent edition, printed in large type;" called the Vinegar Bible from the reading in the headline of Luke 20, where it reads 'The parable of the vinegar' rather than 'vineyard'. Though printed with a number of such mistakes, a Bible notable for being finely printed on good paper, with a multiplicity of engraved illustrations. In this copy the frontispiece (actually an engraved title) is of Moses writing the first words of Genesis.

***This copy has an inscription detailing its provenance: "This Bible was presented by the Right Honorable Arthur Onslow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, in the reign of King George the Second, to the Reverend Joseph Stennett D.D. of Wild Street London, as a testimony of his esteem and friendship; From him it descended to his eldest son, the Reverend Joseph Stennett of Coate in Oxfordshire, at whose death without issue, the Bible came to his younger brother, the Reverend Samuel Stennett D.D. also of Wild Street London, then to the Reverend Joseph Stennett also of Coate and afterwards of Calne in Wiltshire; at whose decease, it descended to his only sister Mrs Elizabeth Phillips of Melksham Wilts by whom it was presented to John Ledyard Phillips, Esquire of Melksham the 18 th March 1851.

Elizabeth Phillips

Presented to the library of the Baptist Collete

Bristol, by J.L. Phillips.

Melksham 11 January 1855"

With portraits of Onslow and Stennett inserted.

 

WITH a Book of Common Prayer in a similar binding, with the same provenance, as follows:

The Book of Common Prayer And Administration of the Sacraments, ...Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, Pointed as they are to be sung or said in Churches; ... London: Thomas Baskett and Robert Baskett, 1742. Tall folio, contemporary black morocco, newly rebacked with original ornately gilt spine very neatly laid down; with center armorial devices; a.e.g.; with all 4 blue silk ties, with gilt metal fringes, still present. Engraved frontispiece; ruled in red throughout; there is a small library call number in red ink at the top outer corner of the title page. ***With an inscription almost identical to the one above, but with a reference to the Book of Common Prayer instead of the Bible.

***Together 3 volumes: a Vinegar Bible and an accompanying Book of Common Prayer in fine contemporary bindings, with quite a nice provenance. SOLD $15,000.

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Holy Bible...  Worcester: Isaiah Thomas, 1791.  Large folio, 2 volumes in 1, original calf (& label), somewhat worn but sound; lacks free front endpaper and plate 42 (the Crucifixion); considerable foxing throughout; some tears without loss, both to plates and text (with several plates strengthened verso long ago).  ***Hills 29; still a good example of the magnificant Thomas folio Bible. Thomas was noted for the quality of his printing; the 49 (of 50) plates were all executed by American engravers.     $4250.

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Quartos: As was the case with Geneva Bibles, quartos were most frequently used as family Bibles. Most have significant wear and many are defective: often the general title is missing and usually there are leaves with corners missing and frequently leaves are missing as well; a certain amount of soiling and staining is ordinary. Nevertheless copies range in condition from virtually mint (looking as if they'd been printed and bound last week) to really dreadful, with the binding in tatters, a variety of pages missing and those present torn, soiled, stained, cropped or shaved (affecting headlines & sidenotes). Most copies are somewhere between the extremes and thus the careful descriptions.

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The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1613. 4to, old paneled calf, newly rebound with new rear cover & spine in a style similar to that of the original front cover; general title with margins a bit browned and chipped; margins of L4 & 5 slightly defective; lightly soiled throughout, but generally a good copy. ***Herbert 323; the FIRST BLACK LETTER quarto of the KJV, with the 'HE' reading in Ruth iii: 15; though printed a year later than the Roman letter quarto, this edition also reproduces quite closely the first state of the text as it was printed in the 1611 large folio 'HE' Bible. BOUND IN is a fragment of The Genealogies, the Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances (London: Robert Barker 1613) AND The Whole Booke of Psalmes (London: the Company of Stationers, 1614), complete through Psalm 150, but lacking a couple leaves of the prayers at the rear and with several pages having marginal repairs.

***With ownership inscriptions of Thomas Dod on the verso of the general title. Quite a good, complete copy of the first black letter quarto of the KJV. $5000.

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The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1613. 4to, old (late 17 th/early 18 th century?) black morocco; general title (& the leaf with 'The names and order of all the Bookes') mounted; the other preliminary leaves are missing; also LACKS the NT title; there is a single wormhole through the text (often affecting a letter) through C4 (Genesis 50) and another wormhole in the blank bottom margin from D6 (Exodus 26) through P8 (2 Samuel 10), but occasionally touching a letter or two of the bottom line of text; there is a dampstain to the bottom outer corner from the beginning of Jeremiah and fading away toward the middle of the Apocrypha, mostly very light, but occasionally heavier and into the text; marginal writing in the outer margin is blackened out on Hh7 (Proverbs 13) and Oo2 (Ezekiel 17) and on much of the verso of the last page of Malachi (this seriously affecting the text recto (including a small hole, affecting the text) and also on outer margin of Ss8 (I Esdras 2), blackening a figure (what perhaps is a figure of a standing dog); further very occasional writing in the margin is not obliterated (perhaps due to the serious affect had on the text of Malachi). Though there is occasional soiling, the text generally is crisp and mostly clean. ***Herbert 323; the first BLACK LETTER quarto of the KJV, with the 'HE' reading in Ruth iii: 15; though printed a year later than the Roman letter quarto, this edition also reflects the first state of the text. Despite the missing preliminary leaves and the missing NT title, still a good copy of this important edition. $2800.

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The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1613. 4to, old paneled calf (probably late 17 th century), spine defective (including lacking top panel); shaken (needs rebacking); LACKS S7 (II Kings 4:44-7:1), Ee3 (Psalms 96:14-104:3) & Oo5 (Ezekiel 23: 27-25:9); the first gathering is printed slighly askew: a fwe words are removed from the bottom line of A3v (the first page of the Translator's to the Reader), there is a small hole in A8, not affecting text (but removing a date from the hand-written genealogies on the otherwise blank verso); there is minor worming in the top inner corner from C6 to E8 (not touching the text) and in the inner margin from U7 to Z7, also not touching the text; a piece is torn from Z3's top outer corner, removing words from 5 lines of text in the outer column verso and a hole in Z4 removing words from the top 2 lines of the outer column; the top c.40% of Nn7 is torn away; Bbb4 has a small piece torn from its top outer corner, removing a few letters from 'Apocrypha' in the headline; there are small cuts in the outer margin of Ppp8, just touching a letter of text; the bottom outer corner is torn from Rrr1, removing much of the bottom 15 lines of text from the outer column (of Hebrews 7); the top margin is trimmed quite close, usually removing the top rule and occasionally shaving or even cropping the headline; occasionally the same is done to the catchwords at the bottom; there is occasional minor staining & soiling, but generally the text is in good condition throughout.

***Herbert 323; the FIRST BLACK LETTER quarto of the KJV, with the 'HE' reading in Ruth iii: 15; though printed a year later than the Roman letter quarto, this edition also reproduces quite closely the first state of the text as it was printed in the 1611 large folio 'HE' Bible.

BOUND IN is The Genealogies (lacking last leaf; with the double page map present, but stuck together at bottom), the Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances (London: Robert Barker 1615), lacking all after 'Signes', I8 AND a later octavo Book of Common Prayer, re-margined for insertion in this quarto volume.

With 18 th century genealogical inscriptions of the Ness family on the verso of the table of books of the Bible leaf preceding Genesis 1. Though defective, still not a bad copy of the first black letter quarto of the KJV. $3250.

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The Holy Bible... London: Bonham Norton and John Bill, 1619. 4to, original morocco, gilt, recently rebacked with much of the original spine laid down (& with modern end-papers); with the name of the original owner on both covers: Elizabeth Mosse; all edges gilt. There are neat marginal repairs to the general title, the first 3 leaves of Genesis, the NT title and a few other leaves, none of them at all affecting the text; RULED IN RED THROUGHOUT. ***Herbert 365, bound without the Apocrypha (almost certainly at the choice of Elizabeth Mosse; Puritans, even very well-to-do ones, often chose not to have the Apocrypha bound in their Bibles); BOUND IN is a defective Book of Common Prayer (lacking at least the title), The Genealogies (some neat repairs, but complete including the double page map), and The Whole Booke of Psalmes: ... London: the Company of Stationers (the bottom outer corner of the title is missing, removing the date of printing, as is the final leaf of prayers at the rear; there are neat repairs to some leaves) [these are all ruled in red].

***A good complete copy of an early KJV, specially bound for Elizabeth Mosse in a fine morocco gilt and ruled in red throughout. Still quite a nice early KJV. $2000.

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The Holy Bible... London: Bonham Norton, and Iohn Bill, 1621. 4to, 19th century ornately blindstamped calf (with a bit of gilt); both titles & last leaf of Revelation mounted; minor marginal defects & some staining, but text generally crisp with good margins. **Herbert 379, an early black letter KJV, with 1620 on the general title, but 1621 on the NT title and in the colophon; bound in is a defective Book of Common Prayer AND Two Right Profitable and Fruitfull Concordances (London: Bonham Norton and Iohn Bill, 1622-- colophon, 1621). SOLD $1600.

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The Holy Bible: ... London: the company of Stationers, 1649. 4to, original morocco, ornately gilt paneled spine & covers (with ownership initials 'M K' on both covers), rebacked with original spine laid down; somewhat rubbed; lacks clasps, but brass catches still present; a.e.g.; ruled in red throughout; text generally crisp & clean with good margins. **Herbert 620; the KVJ with the Geneva notes (Junius on Revelation), primarily for the Puritan market; printed without the Apocrypha. Most such editions were in folio; this edition is quite similar in format to Geneva quartos. This edition was printed shortly after the beginning of the Commonwealth. ***With The Whole Book of Psalmes [Sternhold and Hopkins]. London: Richard Cotes for the Company of Stationers, 1649. Wing B2435 An unusually nice, complete copy. SOLD $2000.

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The Holy Bible: ... London: the company of Stationers, 1649. 4to, 19th century paneled black morocco, ornately gilt spine & covers, bit rubbed; inner dentelles gilt; a.e.g.; LACKS general title; RULED IN RED throughout; margins of last leaf of Apocrypha & NT title slightly trimmed. ***Herbert 620; the KVJ with the Geneva notes (Junius on Revelation), primarily for the Puritan market. Most such editions were in folio; this edition is quite similar in format to Geneva quartos. This edition was printed shortly after the beginning of the Commonwealth.***With The Whole Book of Psalmes [Sternhold and Hopkins]. London: Gartrude Dawson for the Company of Stationers, 1653. Not in Wing (though same imprint as B2452, which is octavo). Apart from lacking the general title, quite a nice book. $1100.

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A FINELY BOUND 1678 QUARTO KJV

WITH 161 FULL-PAGE HAND-COLORED COPPERPLATE ILLUSTRATIONS

The Holy Bible,... London: John Bill, Christopher Barker, Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, 1678. 4to, 18 th century dark green morocco, ornately gilt spine & gilt paneled covers, with red label, a.e.g. (probably a Scottish binding); ruled in red throughout; engraved frontispiece and 144 full-page copperplates, neatly colored in a contemporary hand; the printed title & NT title are also hand colored, as are the initial letters & headings of most of the books of the Bible. There are a few minor tears (one removing a few letters of a sidenote) and a small bit of soiling, but the text is generally very good throughout. ***Herbert 738; a Book of Common Prayer [London: John Bill, Christopher Barker, Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, 1678; title hand colored & a bit soiled, with 17 full-page hand colored copperplates] and The Whole Book of Psalms [London: the Company of Stationers, 1678] are bound in, respectively at the front and at the rear. ****With an 1867 inscription to Lady Savile (who has new bound it) and a 1770 inscription from her to her granddaughter.

An exceptionally attractive Bible, both in respect to the binding and the 161 hand-colored copperplate illustrations. $20,000. SOLD

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The Holy Bible,... Cambridge: Joseph Bentham...; Sold by Benjamin Dod, 1762. Large 4to, contemporary ornately gilt paneled calf, newly rebacked and recornered; the text is complete, including the frontispiece, and is crisp & clean. ***Herbert 1143; the quarto version of the 'standard' edition of Dr. Paris (it was also published in large folio): following the publication of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary this was the first edition of the KJV issued with a standardized spelling. The catalogue of the John Rylands Exhibition for the Tercentenary of the A.V. says: "A serious attempt was made to correct the text of the A.V. by amending spelling and punctuation, regulating the use of italics and removing printing errors. Marginal notes were received into the place they have occupied since and were much extended." J.R. Dore, Old Bibles: "It is of great importance, as being in the main the foundation of our modern bible. The use of italics was considerably extended, the language was modernized and many marginal references were added. Much care was taken over it." F.S. Scrivener: "Dr. Paris performed his task with more diligence, exactness and moderation than his Oxford successor [Blaney]. Paris's edition had no real circulation chiefly by reason of a large portion of the impression being destroyed by fire in Dod's warehouse." Quite an important edition of the KJV.***On the free front endpaper preceding the frontispiece, there are two pages of 18 th and early 19 th century genealogical records pertaining to the Godfrey family of Dedham and Woodford in Essex.  $4000. SOLD

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The Holy Bible,... Cambridge: Joseph Bentham...; Sold by Benjamin Dod, 1762. Large 4to, contemporary gilt paneled calf (a bit worn), sometime fairly recently rebacked; the frontispiece has been mounted, not from any defect, but apparently in order to provide a place for the 18 th and early 19 th century family records (I believe the name is M'Cliverty); there are records in a later hand on one of the endpapers at the rear. ***Herbert 1143; the quarto version of the 'standard' edition of Dr. Paris (it was also published in large folio): following the publication of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary this was the first edition of the KJV issued with a standardized spelling. The catalogue of the John Rylands Exhibition for the Tercentenary of the A.V. says: "A serious attempt was made to correct the text of the A.V. by amending spelling and punctuation, regulating the use of italics and removing printing errors. Marginal notes were received into the place they have occupied since and were much extended." J.R. Dore, Old Bibles: "It is of great importance, as being in the main the foundation of our modern bible. The use of italics was considerably extended, the language was modernized and many marginal references were added. Much care was taken over it." F.S. Scrivener: "Dr. Paris performed his task with more diligence, exactness and moderation than his Oxford successor [Blaney]. Paris's edition had no real circulation chiefly by reason of a large portion of the impression being destroyed by fire in Dod's warehouse." A very good, complete copy of quite an important edition of the KJV. $3800. SOLD

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The Holy Bible Ornamented with Engravings by James Fittler from Celebrated Pictures by Old Masters. London: R. Bowyer & J. Fittler [The Letter Press By Thomas Bensley], 1795. 3 volumes, large quarto, contemporary morocco gilt, a bit rubbed; newly rebacked with old spines laid down; a.e.g. ***Herbert 1394, with an interesting misprint in Mark vii. 27: "Let the children first be killed" instead of 'filled'. Not perhaps as bad as the 'wicked' Bible, but next thing to it!! A very nicely printed Bible, the mistake aside, on fine paper and with copperplate engravings throughout. Quite scarce. $1500. SOLD

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Expository Notes, with practical observations upon the New Testament ... By William Burkitt.  New-Haven: Abel Morse, for the Rev. David Austin of Elizabeth-town, 1794. Large quarto, original calf, somewhat worn & a bit shaken; minor marginal worming.  ***Hills 48; with early 19th century notes of ownership for Fanny Fitch and John M. Fitch. The first American edition of this popular commentary by WB (1650-1703), a minister of the Church of England. Printed with a full New Testament text.     $1250. 

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Octavo: Bibles of this size were generally used as either as the family Bibles of the less well-to-do (but still comfortably middle class) or as personal Bibles of the wealthy. Bindings on the former tend to be quite plain; those on the latter can be quite elaborate.

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The Holy Bible... London: Bonham Norton, and John Bill, 1622. 8vo, new calf; ruled in red throughout; the marginal notes are shaved occasionally; about an inch at the middle of the outer margin of Cc3 (Psalm 10/11) is defective, removing a few letters of the sidenotes; otherwise a good, complete copy. ***Herbert 384; BOUND IN is a defective Genealogies (bound between the general title of the Bible and the Biblical text, lacking title and with marginal defects, though with the double page map present –bound first), AND, at the rear, The Whole Book of Psalmes; Collected into English Meeter by Thomas Sternhold, Iohn Hopkins, and others,... London: for the Companie of Stationers, 1621 (lacking the next last leaf only: the final stanzas of a ‘Thanksgiving’and brief petitions for defense and of praise and a prose prayer). SOLD

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The Holy Bible... London: Bonham Norton, and John Bill, 1626. 8vo, ornately contemporary ornately gilt binding, quite possibly Scottish, (newly rebacked with old spine laid down), most of gilt now worn away, with the initials 'M.B.' on each cover, thought (according to a note extracted from the proceedings of The Edinburgh Bibliographical Society. Session 1894-1895) to be "possibly those of Marjory Bethune, wife of Alexander Bethune of Longhirdmonstone, 1642."; a.e.g. with gauffered edges (now barely visible, as some gatherings are a bit pulled); with neat repairs to the upper outer corner at front (slightly affecting text on first leaf of Genesis); minor staining & wear to text, which nevertheless is quite good. **Herbert 402; BOUND IN is The Psalmes of David in Scottish meter: After the forme that they are used to be song in the Kirk of Scotland. Edinburgh: Andro Hart, 1614. Minor repairs & soiling, but seemingly complete: 114pp **STC 2705, RARE listing only 2 copies of this Scottish Psalter; musical annotation is given for most of the individual Psalms (and direction is given as to what tune to use in the rest). A most interesting early 17th century Scottish binding & Psalter. $5000.

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The Holy Bible... London: Bonham Norton, and John Bill, 1628. 8vo, new calf, incorporating the original rear cover, with the initials of the original owner ‘R W’ in the middle; LACKS general title, Dd4 & 5 (Song of Solomon 4:9 to Isaiah 5:19) and Nn2 (Nahum 3:9 to Habbakuk 1:7); the top outer corner is torn from B5 (Genesis 33/34) affecting a few words from the sidenotes and a bit of the headlines, B8 is torn at the bottom with slight loss of text (& a bit crudely repaired) & the bottom outer corner is torn from Zz1 (Matthew 13) removing a few words from the bottom 4/3 lines of text. ***Herbert 412; BOUND IN is The Genealogies (lacking A2 through 5 and the double page map, with the old signature of ‘John White at the bottom of the title) AND, at the rear, The Way to True Happines: Leading to the Gate of Knowledge. or, An entrance to Faith: without which it is unpossible to please God. By Questions and Answers, opening briefly the meaning of every severall Book and Chapter of the Bible,... London: Edward Brewster and Robert Bird, n.d. Light dampstaining to the outer margin. (1) 86pp STC 25136; with the signature of “Rich. White” on the final page. AND The Whole Book of Psalmes: Collected into English Meeter by Thomas Sternhold, Iohn Hopkins, and others,... London: for the Companie of Stationers, 1628. With comments in an old hand on the title; LACKS all after Psalm 145.***Copies of The Way to True Happines are quite scarce. $800.

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The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker, And by the Assignes of John Bill, 1631. 8vo, 19 th century calf, rubbed with a bit of worming to the surface of the front cover and to the top of the hinges; LACKS Y1 & 2 (Job 1: 1 -9:32), replaced with leaves from another early edition of the KJV; LACKS Yy2 (the next last leaf of the Apocrypha) and with a piece torn from the bottom inner corner of the last leaf of the Apocrypha, removing betweem a letter and a few words of text recto from the bottom 16 lines of text; the margins of the NT title are slightly defective. The marginal notes are frequently shaved throughout. ***Herbert 446, with the error of the first printing in Exodus xx: 14 ("Thou shalt Commit adultery") corrected; BOUND WITH a defective Book of Common Prayer (lacks title and with a couple minor defects), The Way to True Happines: Leading to the Gate of Knowledge... London: Edward Brewster and Robert Bird, n.d. (1) 86pp STC 25136; scarce. AND The Whole Book of Psalmes:... London: G.M.for the Companie of Stationers, 1632; lacks all after Psalm 119: 49. $600.

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The first KJV printed in Scotland:

The Holy Bible... Edinburgh: the printers to the Kings most excellent Majestie, 1633. 8vo, old plain calf, gilt rules on spine & a bit of surface damage to the front cover; recent endpapers crudely inserted front & rear; outer edge of general title frayed; text ruled in red throughout; a small piece is torn from the bottom outer corner of H6 (the first leaf of Deuteronomie) just touching the sidenote recto (and on Iii5 (the first leaf of Ephesians), just touching the sidenote verso); there are some random markings in ink on the verso of the NT title and the first page of Matthew; there are a few tears without loss from Kkk6 through Lll4, a few of which are somewhat crudely repaired, obscuring a bit of text; the bottom outer corner of Lll4 is torn away, removing several words from the bottom line of text, recto & verso; about an inch and a half piece is torn from the top outer margin of Lll6, affecting sidenotes and headline; the bottom half of the outer margin is torn away from Lll7, affecting a few words of text on c. 11 lines; very occasionally the sidenotes are shaved. Generally the text is a bit soiled throughout. ***Herbert 476 A, the first edition of the Authorized or KJV printed in Scotland, by Robert Young, but without the series of inserted plates which were by Scottish Presbyterians considered to be 'Popish pictures'. $2500.

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The Holy Bible:... London: Robert Barker, ...And by the Assignes of Iohn Bill, 1634. 8vo, old, perhaps original, paneled calf, newly rebacked and recornered in morocco; both the NT title and the last leaf of Revelation are mounted, apparently to hide, respectively, 1693 and 1695 ownership inscriptions (the second being that of ‘Mary’ ???); there are a few stains & a bit of soiling & a few sidenotes and headlines are shaved, but generally this is a nice, crisp complete copy. ***Herbert 493; BOUND IN is The Genealogies (lacking the double page map). $1000.

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The Holy Bible:... London: Robert Barker, ...And by the Assignes of John Bill, 1638. Contemporary olive morocco, gilt spine & paneled gilt covers (a bit more mellowed than worn); a.e.g. **Herbert 524; bound in is The Book of Common Prayer... London: Robert Barker, ...and by the Assignes of John Bill, 1638; The Genealogies... 1638; AND The Whole Book of Psalmes:... London: G.M. for the Companie of Stationers, 1637. A very nice copy, externally and internally: the text is crisp & clean throughout. $2000.

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The Holy Bible:... London: Robert Barker, ...And by the Assignes of John Bill, 1638. 8vo, original calf, newly rebacked and recornered; LACKS Aa1 (Psalm 47: 2 to 54: 3), Cc1-8 and Dd1 & 2 (Psalm 149: 1 to Ecclesiastes 11: 10); there is a tear without loss to the top of the general title, the bottom outer corner of the dedication to King James is torn away, removing a bit of text; the top outer corner is torn from F3, removing some letters of sidenotes recto & verso, & L2, slightly affecting the headline; the bottom outer corner is torn from O5 (II Samuel 15), removing a word or two from 5 lines of text; a large piece is torn from the bottom outer corner of R6, removing about 20 lines of text from the outer column and between half of the column and a few letters from 15 lines of text of the inner column; the bottom c. 60% of the outer margin is torn from Z2 (removing various sidenotes and a letter or three from somelines of text) and from the bottom outer corner of Z4 (removing a few letters from 2/3 lines); a strip is torn from the outer margin of Ee8, removing a bit of the headline and 2 sidenotes verso; the top outer corner is torn from Q3, 4 & 5 (Tobit and Judith), removing some words from the top 8 lines of text (the following 3 leaves are slightly defective there as well; Iii2 (Hebrews 6) has a piece torn from the middle of the outer margin, removing some words/letters from c. 12/ 17 lines of text); the headlines are mostly shaved or cropped throughout and there are a variety of minor stains together with the soiling and wear which comes from considerable use, particularly in the latter half of the New Testament. ***Herbert 524; BOUND IN is The Book of Common Prayer... (lacks the title); The Genealogies... 1638 (with the outer margin of the first couple leaves a bit tender, but complete, including the double page map) AND The Whole Book of Psalmes: Collected into English Meeter by Thomas Sternhold, Iohn Hopkins, and others,... London: G.M. for the Companie of Stationers, 1638 (worn, with ink markings; LACKS all after Psalm 72). ***With a 1673 ownership inscription by Margritt Sutton in the margin of F7 (Numbers 2), an April 1 st 1787 ownership inscription of Henry Cuy and a 1910 inscription to Mary Jane Elliotte Adams from Milton Jay Parke. A well used and, apparently, much loved copy of an early 17 th century KJV Bible. SOLD

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The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker,... And by the Assignes of John Bill, 1642. 8vo, 19 th(?) century black morocco, ornately gilt spine and gilt paneled covers with silver corner pieces and working clasps; all edges gilt and gauffered; with a later piece of paper inside the front cover, probably cover the space from which a bookplate has been removed; ruled in red and with the text crisp and clean throughout; there is a paper flaw to the bottom outer corner of T2 (II Chronicles 4), removing a word or two from the sidenote recto. ***Herbert 566, lacking the Apocrypha, which seemingly was never bound in, probably at the request of the original (probably Puritan) owner. There is an inscription on the recto of the blank leaf before the title: “Samuel King Scott from his affectionate Uncle & namesake – Samuel King Jersey Sepr.1.1853-“. $1800.

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The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker, And by the Assignes of John Bill, 1643. 8vo, original black morocco, ornately gilt spine and covers, somewhat worn (with a small piece missing from the rear cover) & a bit shaken; a.e.g.; the first and last few gatherings a bit pulled (but still firmly attached); with intermittent light dampstaining throughout, mostly at the top, and with a bit of fine worming, mostly marginal, but slightly affecting the text in Exodus and Leviticus. ***Herbert 573, a “new form of octavo Bible, with a longer page.” Perhaps in accord with Puritan preferances, this Bible was printed without an Apocrypha; BOUND IN is The Whole Book of Psalmes: collected into English Meeter by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others. London: R. Bishop for the Companie of Stationers, 1643. With a dampstain to the top 2” and with the top outer corner torn from A3 (but loosely inserted) and the bottom outer corner missing from E2 (seemingly a paper flaw, affecting the outer letter or two on two lines recto and four lines verso).When new a really fine binding; still quite an interesting example of a morocco, gilt binding. $1000.

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The Holy Bible, ... London: William Bentley, 1646. 8vo, old reversed calf, newly rebacked; text crisp and clean throughout. ***Herbert 591; the Westminster Assembly of Divines proposed the printing of the Bible to several Stationers in London and, on their refusal (apparently out of loyalty to the King), commended the work to William Bentley, who proceeded by the authority of Parliament to print several editions (of which this was the first) with commendable accuracy, largely using the text of the corrected 1638 Cambridge edition. A desireable copy of a scarce English Civil War Bible. BOUND IN is The Whole Book of Psalms: Colected into English meter, by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others. London: William Bentley, 1649. ***An unusually nice copy textually, in a good binding. $1750.

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The Holy Bible: ... London: the Assignes of John Bill, and Christopher Barker, 1647. 8vo, 19 th century calf, ornately blindstamped calf & paneled covers; some light soiling throughout; the bottom outer corner of Nn1 (Matthew 5/6) is torn away, with loss of a word or two of text on the bottom 12/13 lines; ***Herbert 593; BOUND IN is The Book of Common Prayer:... London: Robert Barker, ...and by the Assignes of John Bill,1639 AND The Whole Book of Psalmes. Collected into English meeter by Thomas Sternhold, Iohn Hopkins and others, with apt notes to sing them withall. London: A.M. for the Companie of Stationers, 1649. The bottom line of text on A3 is cropped away and the previous line is half missing; many catchwords are cropped, but this Psalter is otherwise complete. $950.

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The Holy Bible... London: William Bentley, 1648. 4 volumes, 8vo, 18th (?) century half calf with vellum corners (minor wear); with some marginal notes shaved; RULED IN RED throughout AND, probably at the time of binding, INTERLEAVED (but with notes on only 1 leaf). ***Herbert 607; the Westminster Assembly of Divines proposed the printing of the Bible to several Stationers in London and, on their refusal (apparently out of loyalty to the King), commended the work to William Bentley, who proceeded by the authority of Parliament to print several editions (of which this was the second) with commendable accuracy, largely using the text of the corrected 1638 Cambridge edition. A desireable copy of a scarce English Civil War Bible. $2500.

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The Holy Bible... Edinburgh: Evan Tyler, 1649/8. Modern black morocco; lacks general title. A well used copy, with outer margins somewhat decayed in middle (affecting sidenotes, though not text, which is generally quite good). **Herbert 618; the first Bible printed after the beginning of the Commonwealth; though not a nice copy, a very scarce Scottish edition. **With an incomplete Book of Common Prayer, an Apocrypha inserted from another edition and John Young. The Way to True Happinesse, leading to the Gate of Knowledge. or an entrance to Faith, without which it is impossible to please God: by Questions and Answeres, opening briefly the meaning of every severall Booke and Chapter of the Bible,... Now newly corrected and augmented. London: James Young, n.d. (possibly 1650, Wing W1173C). One leaf trimmed, affecting text. (1) 86pp With an incomplete Psalter. $500.

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With 142 copperplate illustrations

The Holy Bible,... London: Henry Hills and John Field, 1660. 8vo, 19 th century half calf (a bit rubbed)/ marbled boards; there is a dampstain affecting the last few leaves of the BCP and the first gathering of the Bible proper (the first 8 leaves, but NOT the interspersed copperplate illustrations) AND the first gathering of the Psalter at the rear. ***Herbert 669, a good, complete copy, with 142 copperplate illustrations in the text: 1) the first set has a title page without text and a dedicatory leaf with poems to King Charles signed by William Slatyer and Jacob van Langeren followed by 38 numbered pages of copperplates, 2 to a page, all in Genesis; 2) there is a copperplate portrait of King David playing the harp at the beginning of the Psalms and 13 oval portraits of Joseph, Mary, Jesus and various Apostles; 3) there are 90 full-page copperplates, one in Micah (predicting the birth of the Messiah) and 89 in the Gospels and Acts; BOUND IN is The Book of Common-Prayer, ... London: John Bill, and Christopher Barker, 1665. Wing B3630; a good, complete copy. AND, at the rear, The Whole Book of Psalmes: Collected into English Meeter by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins and others. London: for the Companie of Stationers, 1661. Wing B2473, a good, complete copy. $2000.

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The Holy Bible,... London: Henry Hills and John Field, 1660. 8vo, contemporary gilt paneled black morocco, sometime rebacked with original gilt spine (& red label) neatly laid down, the whole a bit worn, but still quite attractive; a.e.g.; the outer margins of the general title and following leaf have been neatly strengthened; ruled in red throughout. ***Herbert 669, quite a nice, complete Bible. BOUND IN is The Whole Book of Psalmes: Collected into English Meeter by Thomas Sternhold, Iohn Hopkins, and others,... London: A.M. for the Company of Stationers, 1655. Wing B2459. $1250.

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The Holy Bible... Cambridge: John Field, 1661. 8vo, contemporary black morocco, ornately gilt spine and gilt paneled covers (with an elaborate gilt device in the middle of each, hinges a bit tender; all edges gilt; marbled end-papers; the text is crisp and clean throughout; a fine complete copy. ***Herbert 674; with a slip indicating the ownership of George Mackenzie and with tipped in illustrations of ‘Covenanter Bibles’ on the blank leaves preceding the title and a 19 th century clipping giving the fate of the Apostles at the rear. BOUND IN at the rear is The Whole Book of Psalms: Collected into English metre By Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others. Cambridge: John Field, 1661. Wing B2476, a good, complete copy. $1250.

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The Holy Bible... Cambridge: John Field, 1661. 8vo, old (18th century?) paneled calf, bit worn with front hinge splitting, but still sound; marginal defects at bottom outer corner in Matthew, removing a bit of text on 1 leaf. **Herbert 674; with extensive annotations throughout (in both English & Latin), very neat in a mid-17th century hand, in many instances shaved when the book was rebound; the text itself is generally crisp & clean. Bound in is The Whole Book of Psalms. Cambridge: John Field, 1661. $850.

 

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