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Early American Bibles, 18th century printed, with some rare and valuable 19th century printings and translations:
The Holy Bible, ... Worcester, Massachusetts: Isaiah Thomas, 1791. Large folio, 2 volumes bound in 1, contemporary calf/ label in very good condition; there is considerable foxing throughout, though largely marginal (there is usually some offsetting from the plates to the facing page); there are a variety of closed tears, occasionally into the text (with a few marginal tears having neat, old paper repairs) and two into the copperplate images (with repairs verso); the title to Vol. II follows a blank leaf after the end of Proverbs; there is also a title to the NT. The Bible shows little sign of use; the text is in very good condition. ***Hills 29; with the suite of 50 plates (one of which is a map of the ancient city of Jerusalem) but LACKS plate #42, the Crucifixion; though most of the plates are marginally foxed, with a few exceptions the image is without foxing and quite nice. Still a good example of the magnificent Isaiah Thomas folio Bible. $4250.
The Holy Bible, ... Worcester, Massachusetts: Isaiah Thomas, 1791. Large folio, 2 volumes bound in 1, contemporary tree calf, with the front cover virtually detached & the rear hinge split; with the original label; there is occasional browning and chipping to the outer edges throughout; the text and plates are nevertheless in quite good condition, with very little foxing and only very occasional closed tears, none with loss. WITHOUT the Apocrypha; apparently the original purchaser chose to have this omitted: Hills says this folio edition was “also issued without the Apocrypha.” ***Hills 29; the suite of 50 plates is present, but LACKS #24 (the destruction of the Temple of Baal) and those contained in the Apocrypha (#’s 29-32): two are mounted (#’s 2 and 49) and two (#’s 26 & 50) have tissue guards (to prevent offsetting, the first of which has a square piece cut out); some of the copperplate images are browned, but generally the plates are in good condition, with minimal foxing. A good example of the magnificent Isaiah Thomas folio Bible. $3250. [N.B. this volume is described and priced ‘AS IS’; it really ought to be rebacked, reusing the original label]
The Holy Bible. containing the Old and New Testaments: ...and the Apocrypha: with Marginal References. Philadelphia: Printed for Berriman and Co. by Jacob R. Berriman, . Folio, original calf/ label, somewhat worn but sound; with several early 19th century ownership inscriptions on the (defective) front free endpaper. some staining & soiling to the frontispiece and title, with slight (decreasing) marginal decay through the early leaves of Genesis; the initial staining lasts through mid-Exodus and is only occasional subsequently present. Frontispiece and 10 further copperplate illustrations (all in the OT) plus a map of the Holy Land, a chart of the lives of the Patriarchs and a depiction of the Temple (all full page). ***Hills 53; the general title is undated, but the NT title is dated 1796. Though Hills says “16 plates and 2 maps” she also says that it was “also issued without plates”. Wright says “this Bible is valued as a collector’s item, as the illustrations give excellent examples of the work done by several American engravers of this period.” ***The copperplates illustrate Hagar, Egyptian midwives, Gideon, Samson, Delilah, Golioth, Uriah, Elijah going to heaven and Daniel with the lions; the frontispiece is of Adam & Eve; there are no illustrations in the NT. Quite scarce. $2000.
[While at the bottom of the last page of Revelation it does state that “This Royal Quarto Edition of the Bible, and likewise one in Folio, with Fifty Copper-plates, were printed by Isaiah Thomas, at Worcester, Massachusetts, MDCCXCI.”, only the 2 frontispieces were bound in these copies, each of which is bound in a contemporary binding and none of which has any trace of having been issued with copperplates. The note in Hills does say that the “Number of plates varies with different copies” and also says “some copies do not have Concordances”: none of these copies has the 89 page Concordance.]
The Holy Bible, ... Worcester, Massachusetts: Isaiah Thomas, 1791. Large 4to, contemporary calf; label, a bit worn, but still quite a good, sound copy; there is some dark staining to the outer margins inside the front cover and to the following leaves, including the outer and bottom margin of the frontispiece (but not to subsequent leaves); there is also a distinct stain to the bottom inner corner of the general title, which fades and disappears by the middle of Genesis; there is also dampstaining to the outer margin of the frontispiece to the NT, but not to the contiguous leaves; generally the text is crisp and clean, with a minimum of foxing and toning; there is a bit of staining at the rear, similar to that at the front, but to a much lesser degree and not extending beyond the endpapers. ***Hills 30 $2750.
The Holy Bible, ... Worcester, Massachusetts: Isaiah Thomas, 1791. Large 4to, original paneled reversed calf, bit rubbed & with a small piece missing from the top of the spine at the front hinge; with catches, but lacking clasps; several gatherings have been bound in a bit awkwardly in the middle (the leaves are just slightly smaller than the others), but otherwise without defect; there is some light browning and offsetting from both frontispieces to the facing titles (that prior to the NT is lighter); the text generally is crisp with only a minimum of toning and light foxing. ***Hills 30; “Jerusha Howards Bible given her by her Son in Law Dr John C Howard” $2750.
The Holy Bible, ... Worcester, Massachusetts: Isaiah Thomas, 1791. Large 4to, original paneled calf, slightly defective at bottom of spine, but otherwise very good; there is some light browning and offsetting from both frontispieces to the facing titles (that prior to the NT is lighter); the text generally is crisp with only a minimum of toning and light foxing. ***Hills 30; with a bookplate reading “The property of Abigail Goodwin, Charlestown.” and, on the recto of the facing endpaper (which is somewhat creased) the inscriptions “Abigail G. Tuycross’s Dresden Given to Abigail Goodwin And by her given to A.G.T.” $3350.
Octavo & infra:
The Holy Bible, ... Trenton: Isaac Collins, 1793-4. 8vo, original calf, bit worn with small piece missing from head of spine; lacks end-papers; there is a minor vertical crease to the title and there is minor foxing and toning throughout, though generally the text is still quite good throughout. ***Hills 43; much less common than the 1791 quarto. $1500.
The Holy Bible, ... Worcester, Massachusetts: Isaiah Thomas, 1793. 8vo, original calf over wooden boards (with the bottom outer corner of the wood of the front cover missing, though the leather is still present); the spine is starting to split vertically in the middle; with the original label; old marbled endpapers. The general title has been bound in with the recto facing inward (and has a minor vertical crease); there is a small chip out of the margin of the following leaf, the advertisement addressed ‘To Christians of every Denomination’ (which was prefixed to both the Isaiah Thomas folio and quarto editions of 1791), with the chip removing a few letters from 8 lines recto and five verso; a piece is torn from the final leaf, removing some letters/ words from the last 17 lines of Revelation and from the Table verso. ***Hills 44; the verso of the blank leaf following the end of the NT has Morton family records, recording the birth of Perez and Dorothy, their marriage in 1785 and the birth of 10 children; several deaths are recorded; the inner margin of a following leaf is all that remains of what appears to have been a continuation of this family’s records. $1200.
The Holy Bible, ... United States of Columbia. Printed at Worcester, Massachusetts: Isaiah Thomas, 1798-1800. 12mo. old, probably original calf; some gatherings are a bit pulled and the text is a bit soiled. ***Hills 63, with the New Testament dated 1800 (as are some copies of Hills 57 and 67, respectively with 1797 and 1799 general titles); though Thomas advertised this edition in his 1793 octavo, it was 4 years before it was printed. The type was purchased in London and was left as standing type, so it could readily be reprinted. $1400.
The New Testament... Trenton: Isaac Collins, 1788. 8vo, original calf, newly rebacked & partly recornered (as needed); a half oval piece is burned (?) away from G2, removing a few letters from 9 lines recto & 7 verso; the text generally is very good throughout. ***Hills 17; it is difficult to find editions printed prior to 1790. $3200.
The New Testament... New York: Hugh Gaine, 1790. 8vo, original calf, minor worming toward bottom of spine, but overall a very good, sound copy. the text is nevertheless quite good throughout. ***Hills 27; quite a scarce, very early American NT; a reprint of Gaine's 1789 NT, which was the first NT printed in New York (this reprint being the second). $2200.
The New Testament... New York: William Durell, 1790. 12mo, original calf over thin wooden boards (slightly defective at fore-edge), newly rebacked, with a new front free endpaper; the outer edge of the title is slightly decayed; there is a small hole in the final leaf, affecting a letter of text; there is a stain to the outer column of the final few leaves. ***NOT in Hills; on the recto of the rear free endpaper is the inscription ‘William Scrivens Book’, perhaps the original owner. Rare, perhaps unique. $2600.
The New Testament... Lancaster: J. Bailey and W. Dickson, 1793. 12mo, original calf; lacks end-papers, with later paste downs; the upper outer corner of the title is defective, removing some of the rules; the title and final leaf are a bit crudely glued in , with the inner margin adhering to the paste downs; quires A through D are a bit pulled, with occasional marginal defects: the outer margin of A7 & 8 (& D 5, 6 & 7) is trimmed, removing part of a few letters of toward the bottom of the outer columns; there are what appear to be ink stains to the bottom half of the outer edge of B3 & 4 and B9 & 10 (likely the result of something done before the book was bound); a small piece is torn from the bottom outer corner of a few leaves, removing some letters of the catchwords; a strip is torn from I5, removing some words from the top 2 lines of the inner column and 5 of the outer column, recto & verso. a bottom outer corner is torn from N2 removing about 4 letters from the bottom line recto and a word each from the bottom two lines verso; a small top outer corner is torn from N4, but is present. There is occasional worming in the text to I 12 (I Corinthians 7). ***Hills 45, locating 2 copies; Bailey and Dickson reprinted this NT in 1796 and 1797 (Hills 55, locating no copies, and 59, locating 2 copies); it seems likely that J. Bailey was related to Francis Bailey, who published a NT in Philadelphia in 1780 (Hills 7, with only the Gospels present; but with a complete copy now at Houston Baptist University) and in Octoraro in 1799 (Hills 68). Few copies of such NT’s with rural imprints have survived, the consequence of small print runs and rustic living conditions. $2250.
The New Testament... Octoraro: Francis Bailey, 1799. 12mo, original calf, newly rebacked; some foxing & staining, with the top outer corner of D7, 8 & 9 burned (?) away, removing text: a couple words from the inner column recto & verso and between all and a few words from 11 lines recto & verso on the first to a few words from 6 lines recto & 5 verso on the third (with relevant headlines on each. ***Hills 68, recording only one copy of this rare rural Pennsylvania imprint; Octoraro was a small village in Pennsylvania, to the east of the Susquehanna River and a bit north of the Maryland border. The imprint says that this NT was “to be sold at his [Bailey’s] Bookstore, No. 116. Highstreet, Philadelphia”. With the ownership inscription “January the 9th 1802 John Kemple his Book god give him grase there in to look And under Stand” with a few records of births. $2500.
Burkitt and Campbell:
Burkitt, William. Expository Notes, with Practical Observations upon the New Testament ... wherein the whole of the sacred text is recited, the sense explained, and the instructive example of the blessed Jesus, and his apostles, to our imitation recommended. New-Haven: Abel Morse, for the Rev. David Austin of Elizabeth-town, 1794. Large quarto, original calf/ label; somewhat shaken; some offsetting to upper and outer margins of title, but textually quite good throughout. ***Hills 47; though there are many editions of this work, this is the first American edition, and is quite scarce. Spurgeon says that he is “a homely and spiritual writer, and his work is good reading for the many.” $850.
The Four Gospels, translated from the Greek, with Preliminary Dissertations, and Notes Critical and Explanatory. By George Campbell. Philadelphia: Thomas Dobson, 1796. Large quarto, contemporary calf (rather worn at edges), newly rebacked with new label; the endpapers are foxed, but the text is crisp and clean throughout. ***Hills 56, the first American edition of this important and influential annotated translation. $1500.
The Four Gospels, translated from the Greek, with Preliminary Dissertations, and Notes Critical and Explanatory. By George Campbell. Philadelphia: Thomas Dobson, 1796. Large quarto, contemporary tree calf, bit worn, newly rebacked with new label; with very light foxing and toning throughout; there is a small hole in the title (not touching the printing), the consequence of an old ownership inscription being removed. ***Hills 56, the first American edition of this important and influential annotated translation. $1200.
The Four Gospels, translated from the Greek, with Preliminary Dissertations, and Notes Critical and Explanatory. By George Campbell. Philadelphia: A. Bartram, 1799. Large quarto, somewhat worn contemporary calf, newly rebacked; there is a very distinct stain to the free front endpaper & the title, much less so to the following leaf and, subsequently occasional minor marginal staining, with the text generally being crisp and clean. ***Hills 71; the second American edition of this important work; much less common than the 1796 first printing. $900.
Scarce and valuable post-1800 editions/ translations:
The Holy Bible, translated from the Latin Vulgat... First American, from the Fifth Dublin edition. Newly Revised and corrected to the Clementin edition of the Scriptures. Philadelphia: Matthew Carey, 1805. 4to, original calf, newly rebacked; some light browning, soiling & foxing throughout, but text generally crisp; the bottom outer corner is torn from 4U3, removing a few letters of text and some words of the notes at the bottom. ***Hills 120 [O'Callaghan, variant #2], the second Douay-Rheims Bible printed in America; only the list of subscribers is between the general title and Genesis 1, the Historical and Chronological Index (with the Order of the books of the OT & the directions for placing the plates on the verso of the 4th leaf) follows II Machabees, 2 leaves of "Family Record" are inserted between this and the NT title, after which is the leaf with the Admonition and translation of the decree of the Council of Trent; 3 further supplementary leaves appear at the end of Revelation.
***Thirteen illustrations are called for (all of which are somewhat browned & foxed): I. a Map of Palestine (apparently originally inserted facing Genesis 1; only a small fragment of this remains, loosely inserted); II. the land of Moriah; III. The Evangelist St. Matthew; IV. St. John the Baptist (blank margins defective); V. Jesus healing the Centurion (blank margins defective & with the engraving torn without loss); VI. The Evangelist St. Mark (margins defective & torn without loss to engraving); VII. The Evangelist St. Luke (engraved portion detached, with all but the inner of the margins missing); VIII. The Shepherds visiting the infant Jesus (margins defective); IX. Jesus cleansing the ten lepers; X. The Evangelist St. John (margins torn without loss); XI. Jesus washing the Apostles' feet; XII. (folding) Map of the Travels of the Apostles; XIII. St. Peter healing the cripple (margins torn with loss).
***The 'Family Records' pages contain material pertaining to the families of Corey and Murray.
A rare early American Bible with the text apparently complete; most of the few extant copies are defective, some seriously so. $7500.
The Holy Bible. translated from the Latin Vulgat: ... First American, from the Fifth Dublin edition. Newly devised and corrected according to the Clementin edition of the Scriptures. Philadelphia: Matthew Carey, Oct. 15, 1805. 4to, dark red morocco, ornately gilt spine & covers, inner dentelles gilt; a.e.g. ***Hills 120, virtually identical to the variant issue described, but with one more engraving than called for in Hills. ***The contents are as follows: Title, Subscribers’ Names (2pp) An Historical and Chronological Index to the OT (through Mach.) (7pp), verso is Order of the books of the OT and, at the bottom, a pasted in List of Plates in this Bible (1-5, OT), NT: 6 (Frontispiece) and 7-11). These 6 leaves are lightly browned. ***The illustrations are as follows: As a frontispiece (described as a Frontispiece, but #6 on the pastedown list): And they came with haste Luke 2: 16 (“Page 46” at top, but on pastedown noted as Frontispiece”; the pastedown (under the Order of the Books of the OT) calls for 11 plates (which include 3 maps), each is present where called for: these are 1. Scheme of the Lives of the Patriarchs, 2. Samuel anointing David, 3. Judgment of Solomon, 4. Angel appearing to Elijah, 5. Map of Syria and Assyria, (6. the Frontispiece), 7. Land of Moriah, or Jerusalem, 8. The Last Supper, 9. Our Saviour in the Temple, 10. Miracle at Bethesda, 11. Travels of the Apostles (one page, not folding) ***There is one leaf between the NT title and Matthew 1: the recto is headed ‘Admonition’ and the verso has a Translation of the Decree of the Council of Trent at the top and the Order of the books of the NT at the bottom; There are 3 leaves following the end of the NT: a Historical & Chronological Index of the NT, A Table of References, and A Table of the Epistles and Gospels.
This seems to be the same as the copy described in Hills 120, but with one more engraving; apparently quite an uncommon variant issue of this scarce Bible. In a fine early binding. $9500.
The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, translated from the Latin Vulgat: ... First American, from the Fifth Dublin edition. Newly devised and corrected according to the Clementin edition of the Scriptures. Philadelphia: Matthew Carey, 1805. Large, thin 4to, contemporary half calf, somewhat worn (with small hole in spine), label; in a much later slipcase. There is some light staining to the inner margin, extending more distinctly into the inner margin in the Apocalypse. ***Hills 126; the title reads as does the NT title of Carey’s Bible of the same date; the text which follows is identical, though the paper looks quite different, larger and with much fuller margins (uncut), but seemingly of poorer quality. There are no illustrations or maps; none is called for internally and clearly none was included when the book was bound. BUT Hills calls for 10 full-page illustrations and 3 maps. Apparently much less common than the full Bible, the one copy currently on the internet is priced at $12,000., though it has the illustrations and maps and this copy does not. SOLD $1200.
The 1808 First Edition of Thomson’s English translation of the Septuagint
The Holy Bible, containing The Old and New Covenant, commonly called The Old And New Testament: translated From The Greek. Philadelphia: Jane Aitken, 1808. 4 volumes, contemporary tree calf/ labels, a bit rubbed, but a good, sound set; the outer edges of the free endpapers in volume one are slightly frayed, as is the outer edge of Tt3 in volume 4; the text is complete, and is crisp and clean throughout. ***Hills 153; this is the first translation of the Septuagint into English; Jane Aitken was the first woman to print any part of the Bible in America. CT (1729-1824) served as Secretary to the Congress of the United States, 1774-1789. SOLD $7500.
Charles Thomson. A Synopsis of The Four Evangelists: or, A Regular History of the conception, birth, doctrine, miracles, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, in The Words of the Evangelists. Philadelphia: for the Author, 1815. New quarter calf, marbled boards. iv, 200, 50 (4)pp See note in next last paragraph of Hills 153; Thomson is best known as the first translator of the Septuagint into English and as the Secretary of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. $350.
The Holy Bible, ...in the Common Version. with Amendments of the Language. By Noah Webster, LL.D. New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1833. Original calf, newly rebacked reusing the original label; new free front endpaper (on compatible paper); the second and third leaves of gathering '1' (the second and third leaves of Genesis) are slightly pulled, with minor fraying to their outer edges, but otherwise the text is in very good condition throughout. ***Herbert 1793; Hills 826; with an ownership inscription of an early (perhaps the first) owner inside the front cover and his name stamp to the inner margin of the title; the FIRST edition, quite scarce and much sought after. $8000.
The Holy Bible, ...in the Common Version. with Amendments of the Language. By Noah Webster, LL.D. New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1833. Original sheep, but rubbed, with a new dark green label; decorative gilt to the edges of the boards; all edges marbled; the text is in very good condition throughout. ***Herbert 1793; Hills 826; with the 19th century bookplate of the Religious Tract Society Library. A very good copy of the FIRST edition, quite scarce and much sought after. SOLD $8500.
The Julia E. Smith translation:
The Holy Bible: containing the Old and New Testaments; translated literally from the original tongues. Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Company, 1876. Large 8vo, original cloth, with the spine somewhat worn and chipped; the outer edge of pp. 15/6 (Genesis 14-16) is slightly frayed; the text otherwise is in very good condition throughout. ***Hills 1918, the Julia E. Smith (1793-1886) translation, the first translation of the whole Bible by a woman. Scarce and much sought after. $6500.