21st July 2021
BIBLE, In English. The Bible, That is, the Holy Scriptures conteined in the Olde and Newe Testament, Translated According to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best translations in divers languages. London [i.e. Amsterdam:] by the Deputies of Christopher Barker, 1599 [but circa 1620's]. 4to (219 x 163mm.) General title with woodcut border, letterpress title with woodcut vignette, NT title within woodcut border, double-column Roman type with marginal notes in Roman, numerous woodcut illustrations in the text, tables to rear, colophon at rear leaf Rrr4 dated 1599. (Without Apocrypha, browning, occasional minor soiling, thin tape reinforcement at letterpress title, blanks to front and rear replaced.) 18th century calf, later red morocco lettering piece to spine (rebacked, few scratches, later endpapers). Note: not all of the previous errors of the earlier Geneva variants are here corrected. This suggests a publication date closer to 1599 than to 1630. Song of Solomon v.3. is still 'defile'; Isaiah xxx. 32. has 'harps' not 'beards' and so is corrected but Isaiah xxxvi. 12. has 'dung'. Also with Esther i.1: 'Seven and/ twenty provinces'. This copy also omits the second line in Eccles iv. 9: 'Two are better [than one: for they have better] wages for their labour'. Provenance: Mary Everard (name inscribed to first initial blank). [Herbert 251].
Hammer price: £650
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