N.T. English. Authorised (i.e., “King James Version”). 1619. The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Iesus Christ. Newly translated out of
the originall Greeke.... London: Bonham Norton & John Bill, 1619. 12mo (10 cm, 4"). A–Y12;  ff. [bound with] Bible. O.T. Psalms. English. Sternhold & Hopkins. 1620. The whole booke of Psalmes: Collected into English meeter by T. Sternhold, I. Hopkins, W. Whittingham, and others.... London: Pr. for the Companie of Stationers, 1620. 12mo. A–O12; 330,  pp.
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Lady’s pocket-sized New Testament and Psalms, with this common pairing here extravagantly presented back-to-back in a skillfully accomplished
early embroidered binding. This is an early small format (12mo) printing of the King James version of the New Testament, printed in roman type; it would appear to beonly the fifth such printing. The Psalms include music (the prompt, perhaps, for the music-related needlework themes? — see below).
Binding: Contemporary silk and metallic thread embroidery worked on a canvas background, with one cover depicting a bird and the other a merperson playing a stringed instrument. All page edges gilt and gauffered.
N.T.: Herbert 372; Darlow & Moule 288; ESTC S90994; STC (2nd ed.) 2920. Psalms: ESTC S90736; STC (2nd ed.) 2570. Binding as above, now housed in a custom-created clamshell case, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label; colors dimmed and some stitches now absent on both covers, one cover with portions of metallic couching lost, one spine more worn than the other. Page edge gauffering causing some leaves to stick closely together.
A small gem, now a bit faded but still a lovely and highly desirable item.
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