Holy Bible, Containing The Old and New Testaments, The; Newly Translated out of the Original Tongues, and with the former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. By His Majesty's Special Command. Appointed to be Read in Churches.

A Fine Pair of Early Eighteenth-Century Scottish “Herring-Bone” Bindings

[BIBLE IN ENGLISH]. The Holy Bible, Containing The Old and New Testaments: Newly Translated out of the Original Tongues, and with the former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. By His Majesty’s Special Command. Appointed to be Read in Churches. Edinburgh: Printed by James Watson, One of His Majesty’s Printers…, 1719.

[Together with:]

[BIBLE IN ENGLISH]. The Psalms of David In Metre. Newly Translated, and diligently Compared with the Original Text, and former Translations. More Plain, Smooth, and Agreeable to the Text, than any heretofore. Allowed by the Authority of the General Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland, and appointed to be Sung in Congregations and Families. Edinburgh: Printed by James Watson, One of His Majesty’s Printers…, 1716.

Bound in two twelvemo volumes (128 x 67 x 47 mm.). [384]; [36] leaves. Collation: A-Z12 Aa-Ii12 (Ii11 and Ii12 blank, except for rules); A-C12. The second physical volume begins with leaf Z3 (“The Proverbs”). The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Newly Translated out of the Original Greek has separate title. Woodcut device on titles, decorative woodcut tail-piece. Text in double columns. Ruled in red throughout.

Early eighteenth-century Scottish bindings of black goatskin. Covers tooled in gilt with a dog-tooth and fillet border with semi-circles and fleurons in the corners and a large central herring-bone arrangement, spines decoratively tooled in gilt compartments with four raised bands, compartments tooled in gilt with center and corner ornaments, board edges and turn-ins tooled with in gilt a floral roll, marbled endleaves, all edges gilt. Corners very slightly bumped. Closely cropped, just affecting some headlines. A few minor marginal paper flaws: small piece torn from outer margin of leaves C10 (1 1/4 x 1/8 inch), Q3 (1 7/8 x 1/8 inch), and Ss12 (1 1/4 x 1/4 inch), not affecting text; from lower corner of E6 and L3, not affecting text; and from lower corner of leaves Ii3 and Ii6, just affecting a couple of letters. Leaves H2 and H3 adhered to one another at outer edge. A few minor rust spots or stains. A wonderful example.

A fine pair of early eighteenth-century Scottish “herring-bone” bindings. Individually chemised and housed together in a black cloth slipcase with morocco tips.

This copy is described and illustrated in Bookbinding in the British Isles, Maggs Bros. Ltd., Catalogue 1075 (Spring 1987), no. 139.

Darlow & Moule 743 (ending on Tt10). Herbert 950. Item #00714

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