1659 / 1660 King James Holy Bible Massive Elephant Folio Edition

1659 / 1660 King James Holy Bible Massive Elephant Folio Edition

$3,500

1 in stock

 

  • Printed by John Field at the University of Cambridge
  • Massive Elephant Folio- 18 x 12 x 4″ thick
  • 100% Complete
  • Fine Leather Binding
  • Fully restored and conserved
  • Very Good Condition

1 in stock

Description

1659 / 1660 King James Holy Bible at Cambridge

PRESENTING FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION-EXQUISITE GENUINE 361 YEAR OLD KING JAMES BIBLE  PRINTED BY JOHN FIELD, PRINTER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE . ELEPHANT FOLIO EDITION * MEASURES 18 x 12 x 4″. HERBERT # 666.  49 LINES OF ROMAN TYPE TO THE FULL PAGE. A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF A PRE-ENGLISH RESTORATION PERIOD KING JAMES BIBLE. 100% COMPLETE.Newly rebound and restored. Very Good Condition.

COLLATION AND CONDITION:

FRONTISPIECE, 1 page, ornate engraving of the royal coat of arms by W. Hollar, inscribed “Diev Et Mon Droit”, supplied in fine facsimile on sympathetic cotton linen paper, Historic !, COMPLETE.

GENERAL TITLE PAGE, 1 page, an amazing architectural full page engraving designed by Diepenbeck and engraved by Lombart, featuring King Solomon on his throne flanked by a dozen lions, King David playing his harp, Moses holding his tablets and Aaron with his incense. Dated 1660. Fore edge is trimmed tight to the image, Verso is blank and clean, Just Beautiful ! COMPLETE.

KING JAMES DEDICATION, 2 pages, features a beautiful historiated woodcut initial,clean and crisp, Very Good! , COMPLETE.

THE TRANSLATORS TO THE READER, 13 pages, features a beautiful floriated woodcut initial, no loose, missing, torn or ripped pages, paper is clean, bright and crisp, strong corners, straight edges and clean gutters, wide untrimmed margins all around, virtually free from soiling and staining, Very Good!, COMPLETE.

TABLE OF CONTENTS, 1 page, The names and order of all the books of the old and new teftament, with the number of their chapters, very clean, Perfect !, COMPLETE.

THE OLD TESTAMENT, paginated 1- 1103, misnumbered at times without a break in the collation, 49 lines of large Roman type to the full page, beautiful historiated and floriated woodcut initials introducing each book, no loose, missing, torn or ripped pages, paper is extremely clean, bright and crisp, strong corners, straight edges and clean gutters, wide untrimmed margins all around as evidenced by the presence of printer’s tabs on pages 562,564 and 825. No damp staining and virtually free from soiling, the final page features a beautiful Cambridge University engraving “Alma Mater Cantabrigia”, Near Fine !, COMPLETE.

THE APOCRYPHA, paginated 1- 258, 49 lines of large Roman type to the full page, beautiful historiated and floriated woodcut initials introducing each book, no loose, missing, torn or ripped pages, paper is extremely clean, bright and crisp, strong corners, straight edges and clean gutters, wide untrimmed margins all around, no damp staining and virtually free from soiling, the final page features a beautiful Cambridge University engraving “Alma Mater Cantabrigia”, Near Fine !, COMPLETE.

NEW TESTAMENT TITLE PAGE, 1 page, THE NEW TESTAMENT OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST, NEWLY TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORGINAL GREEK, AND WITH THE FORMER TRANSLATIONS DILIGENTLY COMPARED AND REVISED, BY HIS MAJESTIES SPECIAL COMMAND. APPOINTED TO BE READ IN CHURCHES. CAMBRIDGE: PRINTED BY JOHN FIELD, PRINTER TO THE UNIVERSITIE. ANNO DOM.1659. Features Cambridge University engraving “Alma Mater Cantabrigia”, verso clean and blank, Perfect !, COMPLETE.

THE NEW TESTAMENT, paginated 1-338, 49 lines of large Roman type to the full page, beautiful historiated and floriated woodcut initials introducing each book, colophon dated 1659 on “Finis” leaf, no loose, missing, torn or ripped pages, paper is clean, bright and crisp, strong corners, straight edges and clean gutters, wide untrimmed margins all around, no damp staining and virtually free from soiling. Bottom of final leaf containing the colophon repaired with a fine facsimile fragment on sympathetic paper, Very Good +, COMPLETE.

WONDERFULLY AND NEWLY REBOUND IN FULL DARK BROWN LEATHER WITH NICELY DECORATED COVERS, GOLD STAMPED SPINE MEDALLIONS,THICK COVER BOARDS AND BEAUTIFUL HANDMADE MARBLED END PAPERS.

*A WORD FROM THE CONSERVATOR*

This Bible has undergone a page by page comprehensive paper conservation leaving  no condition concerns or further actions required . Many newer collectors often call into question the authenticity of our Bibles because of their outstanding , fine condition. As with any item of age, value is determined according to condition-condition-condition ! Each and every leaf is  guaranteed authentic as intended by the original printer .This ancient 17th century treasure is NOT a replica, reproduction, facsimile, reprint or forgery. The fine art of hand bookbinding is alive and well in 2020. We strive hard to acquire only those Bibles which we would like to collect ourselves, perform any needed restoration work professionally to archival standards and present them to you free from concerns. There has been much discussion regarding the addition of this volume to our permanent collection !

A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A TRUE MUSEUM PIECE!

BIBLE PRINTING AT CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge began to print the Bible in the Geneva version in 1558 under a charter granted by Henry VIII in 1534. The Cambridge Geneva Bible appeared in 1691. Meanwhile in London, Christopher Barker had acquired a virtual monopoly in Bible printing by virtue of his patent as Royal printer, granted in 1577. In seeking to break that monopoly, Cambridge University Press and the Bucks insisted that they had the means to produce far better edited editions of the Bible in their university town. In 1628, Charles I ratified Henry VIII’s charter, and this Bible was the first publication produced after that act. It was, indeed, significantly more accurate than the Barker editions of the King James Bible, and it began a Cambridge tradition of care for the text. “Another motive probably contributed to the quality of the Bible issued by Thomas and John Buck, printers to the University of Cambridge. Cambridge was making a claim to printing and editorial quality beyond anything their London rivals could produce. Part of this implicit claim was embodied in its conspicuously modern appearance. Roman type, by itself, was nothing new, but the use of u, v, J, and occasionally apostrophes was…The editors made more changes to the text than any other set of editors. By my count (counts of this sort always have an element of roughness), they introduced 221 readings, of which 199 became standard. In terms of frequency, this is roughly one new reading every five chapters. They also confirmed a further 59 variants from the first edition found in some of the earlier editions. The spelling of the names is largely but not entirely a scholastic matter. They introduced 178 spellings, of which 157 have become standard, and they confirmed a further 34. Overall, 493 changes were made, of which 447 (91%) became standard.” (Norton, A Textual History of the King James Bible, pp. 83-84).

 

Additional information

Weight 480 oz
Dimensions 24 × 12 × 8 in

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