Bible. English. 1858. Authorized (i.e., "King James Version"). The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments...with Canne’s marginal notes and references. The text conformable to the Oxford edition of...1610, and the American Bible Society's original standard edition of 1816. Philadelphia: Jesper Harding & Son, 1858. 4to (30.5 cm, 12"). Frontis., engr. t.-p.,  f.; 576, 116 pp.;  ff., frontis., engr. t.p.; pp. [577–78], 579–768; 41, [1 (blank)], 22 pp. 8 plts. (incl frontis.).
Sumptuous, nearly all-over gilt stamping of the covers and spine is what overwhelms the eye when first seeing this copy of the King James Version of the Bible. Inside, the text is printed in double-column format with two center reference columns. Also included are the Apocrypha, a concordance, and the Psalter, each with its own pagination. This is a reprint of Harding’s Fine Edition of 1857—printed from Harding’s own plates.
In addition to the printed text, there are two steel-engraved frontispieces
facing the engraved and colored title-pages; six steel-engraved plates, of
which two are also colored; and three pages printed in gilt and chromolithography
for recording marriages, births, and deaths (unused).
binding style 17½: Publisher's brown morocco with large working clasp.
That's the clasp (and its shadow) that you
can see at the right of the book, in our image of the leaf presenting the Adoration
of the Magi,
above not some odd-appearing flaw! Covers
elaborately gilt-stamped with frames consisting of fillets, foliation, and
the mountain to offer sacrifice; edges with gilt rolls. Spine with raised bands,
gilt-stamped title, and compartments otherwise elaborately gilt within. All
Hills 1671. Binding as above, a bit rubbed. Light to moderate
foxing with offsetting from plates. Endpapers moderately soiled. Main frontispiece,
engraved title, and title-leaf detached from binding. Occasional shallow tears
or shallowly bumped page edges. Simply,
a magnificent production.
PLACE AN ORDER | E-MAIL US
All material © 2017
The Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts