A selection of early printed Bibles in fine Bindings:

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. Testamenti Veteris Biblia Sacra ... [Novum Testamentum...] Londini: Henricus Midletonus, impensis C.B[arker], 1585. 4to, contemporary gilt paneled calf with the name 'Maximilianus Gilius' on the front cover and the date 'Anno 1588' on the rear, with ornate (recently polished) brass centerpieces, 7 (of 8, lacking the bottom inner corner of rear cover) cornerpieces, catches and one (of 2) clasps, fairly recently rebacked; with a fair number of single wormholes front and rear (a few of which go through the whole Bible), not affecting the readability of the text, which is otherwise crisp and clean. ***Darlow & Moule 6175, STC 2060.3; this is Middleton's third edition of the Tremellius/ Junius Latin Bible, with both the Tremellius and the Beza NT texts printed in parallel columns. **A very attractively bound copy of the third edition of the first Latin Bible printed in England. SOLD $1500.

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2. The Bible.... London: Robert Barker, 1606. 4to, original ornately gilt morocco, bit worn [lacks ties], but still in very good condition; with the initial 'W' inside a gilt oval in the center of each cover; all edges gilt (with the gilt somewhat worn); small piece torn out of outer margin of title, just affecting decorative border; LACKS 6 leaves: R4 (the conclusion of I Kings), Ff1 (Song of Solomon 2:18 through the end of the Song), Ii4 & 5 (Isaiah 16: 21 through the end of 22), Ggg6 & 7 (Acts 13: 6 through 16:35); there is a small piece torn out of Ii3 and the top outer corner of R8 is torn away with slight loss of text on 5 lines); Nnn8 is torn without loss; very minor soiling & staining; the margins are good throughout. ***Herbert 285, with the colophon reading 1605; a roman letter Geneva Bible with the Thomson/Beza/Junius NT. A defective Book of Common Prayer is bound in at the front (lacking the first 7 leaves) AND The Whole Booke of Psalmes. London: Iohn Windet for the Company of Stationers, 1604 (lacking all after Psalm 132) is bound in at the rear. Bibles in an original, ornately gilt morocco binding are quite uncommon; quite a nice Bible, the missing leaves notwithstanding. $2250.

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3. The Bible. London: Robert Barker, 1607. 4to, original calf over oak boards (the front board has old internal repairs), newly rebacked, with (recently polished) brass centerpieces, 7 (of 8, lacking the bottom inner corner on the front cover) cornerpieces, catches and working clasps (with recent leather on the clasps); an interesting and attractive binding; new endpapers; minor soiling & a couple of ink stains to the general title (the ink stain affects the next 3 leaves as well, though to a lesser degree); the top outer corner of S7 (I Kings 20) is torn away removing several words to several letters on 7 lines of text recto and 10 verso (plus some sidenotes); S8 is torn without loss; there is a small hole affecting several words of text near the middle of Bb1 & 2 (Nehemiah) & Aa8 is slightly damaged & repaired (the top outer corner of Bb1 is torn away, affecting the leaf number and the headline); a small burn hole affects a couple letters on Cc3; LACKS Uu3-6 (Hosea 4: 1 through Amos 1: 4); the top and outer margins of Ccc, Ddd & Eee are a bit worn & frayed, with a few repairs to the outer margins and with the headlines defective on a few leaves; Fff4 is defective at the top, removing the headlines and most of the top 2 lines of text in the outer column (& a few letters in the inner); the headlines are cropped away on Fff5; there is an ink stain through the outer margin of the 3 preliminary leaves following the NT title and the first 3 leaves of Matthew (with a bit of offsetting on the verso of the title and the recto of the 4 th leaf of Matthew), creating a hole removing some lines of sidenotes on the first 2 leaves of Matthew and obscuring some lines on the third; there is no colophon. The text of the NT is generally in better condition than that of either the OT or the Apocrypha. ***Herbert 291, a black letter Geneva Bible; BOUND IN is Herbert 261, The Revelation of Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist, with a briefe and learned Commentarie, Written by Frans. Iunius, &c. London: Richard Field for Robert Dexter, 1600 AND Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances, ... London: Robert Barker, 1607. With some bleed through on title from repeated signatures of 'Abraham Mallinson at Harley Head in Lightcliff, May 21 st A D 1758' on the verso (the Concordances is slightly stained, but complete) AND The Whole Booke Of Psalmes [Sternhold and Hopkins, etc.]... London the Company of Stationers, 1607, title soiled & the whole somewhat stained; LACKS F5 through the end (i.e., all after the first line of Psalm 122). ***There are occasional ownership inscriptions by Abraham Mallinson and a July 13 th 1707 inscription on the rear endpaper by Edward Mallison. Though a bit defective, quite an interesting and attractive black letter Geneva Bible. SOLD $2000.

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4. The Holy Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1616. 4to, contemporary ornately gilt spine and covers (recently rebacked with original spine laid down), bit worn, but still remarkably nice; all edges gilt and gauffered; general title a bit soiled and wrinkled; text complete, crisp and clean throughout. A later 4 page calendar has been inserted after the title. ***Herbert 347, a roman letter KJV, without the extra engraved title; with the colophon dated 1615. BOUND WITH The CL. Psalmes of David, in Scottish meter: after the forme that they are used to bee sung in the Kirke of Scotland. Edinburgh: Andro Hart, 1615. The top outer corner is lightly stained at the rear, but still a nice complete copy. **STC 2706, very scarce. ***A remarkably nice early KJV, with a very scarce Scottish Psalter. SOLD.

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The first KJV Bible printed in Scotland

5. The Holy Bible... Edinburgh: the Printers to the Kings most excellent Majestie, 1633. 8vo, original calf, gilt lines on spine, bottom outer corner on front cover bit defective; lacks ties; all edges gilt; with an Adam & Eve plate facing the general title of the Bible; paper flaw to bottom outer corner of Mm3 (Hosea) removing a few words of text); piece torn from top outer margin/corner of B5 of Genealogies, removing part of ruled border but no text. ***Herbert 477, the second of the two varieties mentioned; BOUND WITH The Book of Common Prayer, and administration of the Sacraments: ... Edinburgh: the Printers to the Kings most excellent Majestie, 1633. 2 minor wormholes for the first few leaves, not affecting text & a small hole in inner margin for first 5 leaves, just touching the text. BOUND WITH The Genealogies... by J.S. Anno Dom. 1634. Small hole without loss in middle of title; with the double page map and a colophon consisting of a royal coat of arms. BOUND WITH The Whole Book of Psalms: Collected into English Meeter by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others,... London: G.M. for the Companie of Stationers, 1634. STC2650.5***With the royal arms of Scotland in gilt on both covers; there is an inscription on the verso of the blank leaf facing the title of the BCP by Robert Everard, who was a Royalist Captain in the Civil War and who subsequently converted to Roman Catholicism. SOLD $10,000.

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6. The Holy Bible:... London: Robert Barker, And by the Assignes of John Bill, 1640. 8vo, ornately gilt spine & covers (sometime rebacked with original spine laid down; binding starting to split vertically in middle of spine, but otherwise quite sound), silver corner and centerpieces with 3 of 4 catches (lacks upper catch on front cover); the 4 corners and centers engraved to read: 'recor', 'dare', 'matrum', 'Jane' & 'Strode'. ***Herbert 546, with the NT title dated 1639 & the colophon 1640; bound without the Apocrypha, but BOUND WITH The Whole Book of Psalmes. London: R. Bishop for the Company of Stationers, 1640. The whole is ruled in red and the text is crisp & clean throughout. SOLD $3000.

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7. The Holy Bible: ... London: Robert Barker...And by the Assignes of John Bill, 1641. 8vo, original morocco, bit worn, very ornately gilt spine and covers (a bit worn on the rear cover), with initials 'M C' in a center oval on both covers; all edges gilt & gauffered; lacks free endpapers and ties; a few quires are very slightly pulled. ***Herbert 554; BOUND WITH The Book of Common Prayer... London: Robert Barker...and by the Assignes of John Bill, 1641. AND The Whole Book of Psalmes:... London: G.M. for the Companie of Stationers, 1641. Title with bleed through from 'Wenborn' genealogical information on verso (and "Henry Fourman" who "was bornd August ye 8 Day 1749". ***With old ownership inscriptions inside the front cover: ""Magarit Chounton hir Book" and "Jane Thornton her book"; there are dates of birth on the verso of the NT title for 8 Wenburn children starting with Richard (March 15 1705) and ending with Phebe (March 12: 1714) and on the blank verso of the last leaf of the NT as well; inside the rear cover: "Margaret Wenborn Her Book March ye 15 th Day in 1729 or 30".  A remarkably nice 17 th century gilt morocco binding. SOLD $3250.

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8. The Holy Bible:... London: Robert Barker, ...And by the Assignes of John Bill, 1642. 8vo, embroidered needlework binding, with blue, yellow, pink, green and white flowers, as well as silver stems & borders, the whole somewhat worn, but not more than average (which is quite worn!) and still attractive (brighter & fresher on the rear cover); all edges gilt; ruled in red throughout, with the text crisp and clean; there are contemporary ink notations in the Psalms indicating the passages used in the BCP. ***Herbert 566; BOUND WITH The Whole Book of Psalmes:... London: G.M. for the Companie of Stationers, 1646. Wing B2416 ***Still a nice example of a mid-17t h century needlework binding. $3000.

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WITH 100 COPPERPLATE ILLUSTRATIONS

9. The Holy Bible,... London: E.T. for a Society of Stationers, 1655. 8vo, ornately gilt paneled morocco, fairly recently rebacked, with original ornately gilt spine very neatly laid down; corners a bit worn; all edges gilt; ruled in red throughout; small piece torn from upper outer margin of B6, removing some words of the sidenote; there is an internal tear without loss to Cc7; the bottom outer corner of Y8 has been torn off and a bit awkwardly pasted back on; the various Psalms used in the Anglican liturgy are so designated in ink in the margins; there is a bit of soiling & a few minor tears without loss; a few headlines and sidenotes are shaved, but the text generally is quite good. ***Herbert 645, BOUND WITH The Book of Common Prayer, ... London: Robert Barker ...and by the Assignes of John Bill, 1642 AND The Genealogies ...by J.S. Anno Dom. 1640 (complete, including the double page map) AND The Whole Book of Psalmes: Collected into English Meeter by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others, conferred with the Hebrew. London: A.M. for the Companie of Stationers, 1655. AND there are 100 copperplates, one of King David with his harp in the BCP, 14 'portraits' of Jesus, his mother Mary and the Apostles, and 85 full page scenes illustrating passages in the NT [there are no illustrations in the OT --the original owner of the Bible evidently made the decision to buy and incorporate in his Bible the NT set of plates, but not to spend the money on those for the OT].

A nicely bound example of a Commonwealth Bible, printed without the Apocrypha, but made available as an insertion for those who wanted one--and present in this copy. All of the various parts are complete. $3500.

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10. The Holy Bible... London: John Field, 1656. 8vo, contemporary morocco, very ornately gilt spine & covers, with the initials 'M K' on both covers, with silver catches and working clasps, with the initials 'SK' engraved on both clasps (& the date 1700 on the back of the lower clasp); the binding a bit worn, with small pieces chipped from head & tail of spine & with the corners of the front cover slightly defective; all edges gilt. ***Herbert 651, printed without an Apocrypha, as was commonly the choice among Puritans and consequently during the Commonwealth; BOUND WITH A Brief Concordance, or Table to the Bible of the Last Translation, Serving for the more easie finding out of the most useful places therein contained. Carefully perused and enlarged by Mr John Downame. London: W. Du-gard for N. Bourn, 1654. AND The Whole Book of Psalms: Collected into English Meeter, By Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others. London: John Fields, 1656. Wing B2459 ***With the inscription "Susanna Knight her Book" on the front free endpaper (probably inherited from one of her partents or grandparents) and additional inscriptions on the title: "Sn: Fentrell's Book 1756" and "Sa: Smith's Book 1793" Quite an attractive book. $3000.

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With 198 full-page copperplate illustrations

11. The Holy Bible... London: John Bill and Christopher Barker, 1671. 8vo, original black morocco, ornately gilt spine and gilt paneled covers with silver corner and centerpieces (each center slightly defective) and working clasps; worn all edges gilt. ***Herbert 705, with the NT dated 1669 and printed In the Savoy by the Assigns of John Bill and Christopher Barker (see Herbert 699), printed without the Apocrypha; BOUND WITH The Book of Common Prayer... In the Savoy: the Assigns of John Bill, and Christopher Barker, 1671. Title soiled & slightly defective; with 3 full-page engravings. ***There are 77 full page copperplate engravings in the OT and 101 in the NT with an additional 17 copperplate portraits of Christ, the Apostles, etc.: a total of 198 full-page illustrations. ***There are ownership inscriptions of 'Sarah Passman High St Warwick 1812' and Charles Passman 1884. $3000.

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12. The Holy Bible... London: John Bill and Christopher Barker, 1676. Octavo, contemporary red morocco, elaborately tooled in gilt with black morocco onlays (pieces of the onlays missing), somewhat worn; rebacked, with original spine mounted; all edges gilt & gauffered with heart and diamond design; margins of first few leaves a bit decayed (outer edge of general title strengthened); there is a bit of soiling & staining and a few tears without loss, but the text generally is very good and is complete; ruled in red throughout. ***Herbert 726, but with a NT title dated 1671); with 172 pages of copperplates: The History of ye Old & New Testament in Cutts. Little Britain: Wm: R: for Iohn Williams, 1671. In the OT, in addition to the engraved title, these are 4 to a page, engraved by F.H Van Hove; the pages are numbered 1 to 50, with additional ones inserted as 39*, 43*, 48*, 49*, 49** & 49***; a portion of the blank outer margin is torn away on plates 9 & 30 and there is a tear without loss to plate 34; in the NT there are 115 unnumbered full page plates; BOUND IN is The Whole Book of Psalms: Collected into English Meetre by Thomas Sternold, John Hopkins, And others. Set forth and allowed to be Sung in all Churches,... (London: Tho. Newcomb, for the Company of Stationers, 1671) Wing B2504. SOLD $2750.

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13. The Holy Bible... London: Assigns of J. Bill & Chr Barker, 1676. 24mo, hard-grained black morocco (possibly original, but perhaps early 18 th century?), with original engraved silver corner & centerpieces with working clasps, with the initials 'MP' engraved on the front centerpiece and the date '1677' on the rear; the outer margin of the title is slightly frayed and has a small abrasion (caused by the lower clasp) (& with slight defects to the outer margin of the next several leaves); A2, the leaf following the title, the Dedication to James I, is defective in the inner margin (a result of sometime being awkwardly pasted in and then pulled out, leaving a bit of text both on the verso of the title and on the recto of Genesis 1); the margins are cut very tight on all sides (as is typical of such little Bibles), with the outer margins being sometimes shaved, especially in the NT. ***Herbert 731 BOUND WITH The Whole Book of Psalms:... London: the Company of Stationers, 1674. (the volume is starting to separate internally between the end of the NT and the beginning of the Psalter). Ruled in red throughout. A very attractive little Bible, measuring approximately 4 5/8" x 2 9/16". SOLD $1500.

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A FINELY BOUND 1678 QUARTO KJV WITH 161 FULL-PAGE HAND-COLORED COPPERPLATE ILLUSTRATIONS

14. The Holy Bible,... London: John Bill, Christopher Barker, Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, 1678. 4to, 18th 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.SOLD $20,000.

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15. The Holy Bible. London: the Assigns of John Bill deceas'd And by Henrie Hills, and Thomas Newcomb, 1682. 8vo, 3 volumes, contemporary blindstamped black morocco with silver corner & centerpieces with catches (but lacking clasps), with the initials 'LAR' engraved in each centerpiece; all edges gilt; ruled in red throughout. ***Herbert 773 OT, but with the NT to 747; the NT is published London: John Bill, Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, 1679; published without the Apocrypha.Quite an attractive Bible, unusually bound in 3 volumes. $2500.

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16. La Bible... Londres: R: Bentley, R: Everingham J: Hindmarsh, 1687. 12mo, original black morocco, ornately gilt spine (bit worn) and gilt paneled covers; all edges gilt; with both an engraved and a printed general title (which reads R. Everingham, & se vend chez R. Benteley, ...Et chez J. Hindmarsh). ***Darlow & Moule 3771, Wing B2707A: the French Geneva version, with the NT title dated 1686; BOUND IN is The Psalms of David In Meeter ... Allowed by the Authority of the General Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland, and appointed to be sung in Congregations and Families. Edinburgh: Thomas Brown, 1675. Wing B2519A, listing only 1 copy; Scottish Psalters of the period are very scarce.***As is the case with the D&M copy, the Apocrypha is not present; neither is the French Psalter, almost certainly because it was replaced by the original owner with the Scottish Psalter. This is the first complete French Bible printed in England, printed less than two years after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, which provoked a general emigration of French Protestants from France both to the various Protestant countries of Europe and to the New World. SOLD $1200.

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