Lot 13 of 222:
Handsome 16th century folio English Bible  

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Lot closed - unsold
Estimate:
$10,000 - $15,000

Title:
The Bible. Translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best translations in diuers languages...
Author:
Place:
London
Publisher:
Christopher Barker
Date:
1583
Description:

[14 (incl. blank before title) (of 22)], 437 leaves. Text in 2 columns, black letter, woodcut  initials; occasional woodcut illustrations, including full-page depiction of the Garden of Eden. (folio) 38.5x25.5 cm (15¼x10"), period calf, metal clasps.

The complete Old Testament, in superb, large folio printing of the 1583 Geneva version. The main text is in black letter, with shoulder notes and some preliminary text in Roman characters. There are a few small and finely executed woodcut illustrations, including a quarter-page map of the Holy Land; facing the first page of Genesis is a striking full-page wood engraving of the Garden of Eden, with Adam and Eve, apples in hand, surrounded by numerous pairs of animals. This is the largest 16th century English Bible. A fine and handsome book. Herbert 178.,

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Some rubbing to covers, repairs to spine; lacking 8 preliminary leaves, which are B1, B6, and C1-6 (comprising the Kalendar and portions of the genealogies), but they were apparently never bound in; title-page with a few of the woodcut border decorations embellished in red, ownership signature in top margin eradicated, another present, bookplate, very good, a handsome copy.
 
Item number:
289229
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