London: Printed for Samuel Bagster, 1845. Item #04639
A Very Fine Example of a Mid-Nineteenth Century 'Bagster Velvet' Binding.
Complete with the Original Elaborately Decorated 'Bagster' Vellum Case with Original Clasp
[BIBLE IN ENGLISH]. [VELVET BINDING]. The English Version of the Polyglot Bible; Containing the Old and New Testaments; with a copious and original selection of references to parallel and illustrative passages, exhibited in a manner hitherto unattempted… [&] The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ… London: Printed for Samuel Bagster, ca. 1845.
Neat ink inscription at head of title-page "Presented to the Honble Mrs. Baptist Noel, 1845."
Two volumes bound in one. Small octavo (6 3/8 x 4 inches; 162 x 102 mm). Printed on India Paper. [x], 586; [ii], 188 pp. Thirteen folding maps or plans, some with colored outlines (five folding).
Contemporary purple velvet binding (ca. 1844) with gilt board edges and clasps (stamped "Bagster"), upper cover with gilt onlay engraved "Polyglot Bible / English Version". Purple velvet paste-downs with rectangular center panel of ivory watered silk, matching end-leaves, all edges gilt and gauffered. Housed in the original 'Bagster' ivory watered silk lined full vellum case with single gilt clasp (stamped "Bagster"). Covers decoratively stamped in gilt with onlays of red, green and blue morocco. Spine with similar morocco onlays and red morocco label lettered in gilt. Small (1 38 inch) split to top of front hinge, vellum a little dusty, otherwise near fine.
This charming little binding was presented to the wife of The Reverend The Honourable Baptist Wriothesley Noel (1798-1873). On 17 October 1826, Noel married Jane Baillie of Dochfour, whose distinguished family was descended from John de Balliol, founder of Balliol College, Oxford.
We have seen several 'Bagster Bibles' in similar purple velvet bindings over the years - if they had a case it was a rather plain purple morocco - BUT - we have never seen a decorated vellum case as shown here.
Samuel Bagster (1772-1852), was educated at Northampton under the Rev. John Ryland, and, after serving an apprenticeship with William Otridge, commenced business as a general bookseller on 19 April 1794 in the Strand, where he remained until 1816. A few years before he left, the rarity and consequent costliness of all 'Polyglot Bibles' gave him the idea of supplying a convenient and inexpensive edition… In 1816 Bagster brought out "The English version of the Polyglot Bible" (with a preface by T. Chevalier), in foolscap octavo size, containing a selection of over 60,000 parallel references, mainly selected and all verified by himself. The book was extremely successful….