17th March 2021
BIBLE, In English. The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated out of the Original Tongues; and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. London: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1806. 4to (278 x 212mm.) Hand-drawn genealogical history of the Wilberforce family on the preliminaries and rear-endpaper, a folding 3pp. hand-written note by William Wilberforce's son, also called William, tipped-in to the front-free endpaper. (Browning.) Contemporary straight-grain morocco, gilt dentelles within ruled borders, g.e. (rubbing to extremities, marks to lower cover). Note: in the hand-written note William Wilberforce's son writes 'Copy of entries in family Bible commenced in my father's handwriting and continued in my own'. He goes on to describe the genealogical table that is verso the front-free endpaper. The note covers the family from William Wilberforce's [the elder] parents down until the 1870's. In various hands the genealogical table itself dates until a marriage in 1914. Provenance: Margaret Anne Babington (gift inscribed to by 'Mr. Gisborne'; John Garton Sargent (gift inscribed to by his godmother Mrs. Babington). - And a further ten volumes relating to William Wilberforce (including 'Novum Testamentum Syriacè', 1816, 4to' with William Wilberforce's bookplate to the rear pastedown and a gift inscription to him from the editor, Samuel Lee. The lot also includes Wilberforce's 'A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians in the Higher and Middle Classes', 1803, 8vo, and also 'The Correspondence of William Wilberforce', 2 vols., 1840, and 'Letters to W. Wilberforce' by Amicus Protestans, 1822, 8vo, and a framed lithograph of Marden Park, the family residence) (11).
Hammer price: £2,400
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