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Bible. N.T. Greek. 1828. Novum Testamentum graecum. Londini: Gulielmus Pickering [colophon: Typis C. Corrall], 1828. 64mo (near miniature: 8.5 cm, 3.375"). Frontis., , 511,  pp. (half-title lacking). $275.00
"The smallest Greek Testament ever published," according to Darlow & Moule, this dainty production comes from Pickering's Diamond Classics series and has been credited by Reuss as belonging to the Editiones Stephano-Elzevirianae — quite the compliment for a 19th-century British imprint! Following the frontispiece engraved by Worthington after Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, the title-page, and a dedication to Earl Spencer (in Latin) are a table of contents and the New Testament printed in single columns in Greek with verse divisions — but no notes.
Binding: Late 19th-century black morocco, spine gilt-extra: lettered and stamped in gilt with dots along raised bands and arabesque stamps in compartments; covers framed in triple fillets, board edges with a gilt roll of dots, turn-ins with gilt daisy roll, nonpareil marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.
Provenance: A previous owner has added a Greek inscription dated Christmas 1873 in ink on a front fly-leaf; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1828.17; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 81; Darlow & Moule, 4816. Binding as above, very gently rubbed with a few small scuffs. Light age-toning with one small spot; half-title lacking, frontispiece obviously reattached. Provenance markings as above, a few small marginal pencil or colored pencil markings, mostly at the start of the text. A petite and elegant production in a binding that is, frankly, about as => pristine and classic as you are going to get. (38282) Please RESHELVE This.
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