Lot 38 of 338:
The massive "Vinegar Bible" 1717  

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Current absentee: $1,600 (2 bids)

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$1,500 - $2,500

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Title:
The Holy Bible. containing the Old Testament and the New: 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
Author:
Place:
Oxford
Publisher:
Printed by John Baskett
Date:
1717-1716
Description:

2 volumes in 1. Volume I title-page printed in red & black, both title-pages with large copper-engraved pictorial vignettes; engraved additional general title, engraved by G. Du-Bose after Thornhill, representing Moses writing the first words of Genesis. . Illustrated with about 60 large pictorial engravings (about a quarter to a third of a pages each), serving as head and tailpieces; engraved pictorial initials. (Large folio) 47.5x30.5 cm (18¾x12"), period full red straight-grain morocco, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; modern folding cloth box.

Massive and well- illustrated Bible, commonly referred to as the "Vinegar Bible," due to the misprint "The parable of the vinegar" (for vineyard) in the headline above Luke xx. Herbert calls it "A magnificent edition, printed in large type. With many plates at the beginning and end of books, engraved on steel [sic] from the designs of various artists. Some of the initial letters are similarly engraved. Unfortunately the book contained many misprints, and earned the nickname 'A Baskett-ful of Errors'..." The designers for the engravings include Thornhill, L. Cheron, and L. Laguerre, and the engravers Lud. du Guerier, G. DuBose; G. Van der Gucht, C. Dupuis and Cochein. Herbert 942A.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Covers worn, detached, spine chipped and lacking pieces; some early and latter leaves loose, marginal repairs to final leaf, some staining and soiling within; just good, but an significant folio Bible worthy of restoration.
 
Item number:
311238
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