1837 / 1526 TYNDALE NEW TESTAMENT

1837 / 1526 TYNDALE NEW TESTAMENT

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  • First American Edition
  • Fine Full Leather Binding
  • Hand Marbled End Sheets
  • Gold Gilt Turn-ins
  • Octavo
  • Complete
  • Very Good + Condition

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PRESENTING FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION- EXQUISITE GENUINE 180 YEAR OLD -FIRST EDITION- *AMERICAN* TYNDALE NEW TESTAMENT

PRINTED IN 1837 BY GOULD AND NEWMAN IN NEW YORK FOR J.P. DABNEY. * THE FIRST AMERICAN TYNDALE ! * ENTERED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS.

TAKEN  FROM TYNDALE’S 1526 HISTORIC  PRINTING OF THE COMPLETE NEW TESTAMENT-

THE VERY FIRST TIME THE SCRIPTURES WERE EVER PRINTED IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE !

LARGE OCTAVO EDITION- PRINTED IN ROMAN TYPE. MEASURES 7 3/4″” X 5″ X 2 1/4″ THICK OVERALL.

THIS EXAMPLE IS IN RARELY SEEN CONDITION- BOOKS OF THIS ERA WERE PRINTED ON ACIDIC WOOD PULP PAPER AND ARE USUALLY FOUND RIDDLED WITH FOXING THAT IS VERY MINIMAL HERE.

CONFORMS TO: Herbert #1821

 

William Tyndale c.1494-1536

 

“Let it not make thee despair, neither yet discourage thee, O reader, that it is forbidden thee in pain of life and goods, or that it is made breaking of the king’s peace, or treason unto his highness, to read the Word of thy soul’s health—for if God be on our side, what matter maketh it who be against us, be they bishops, cardinals, popes.”

William Tyndale could speak seven languages and was proficient in ancient Hebrew and Greek. He was a priest whose intellectual gifts and disciplined life could have taken him a long way in the church—had he not had one compulsion: to teach English men and women the good news of justification by faith.

Tyndale had discovered this doctrine when he read Erasmus’s Greek edition of the New Testament. What better way to share this message with his countrymen than to put an English version of the New Testament into their hands? This, in fact, became Tyndale’s life passion, aptly summed up in the words of his mentor, Erasmus: “Christ desires his mysteries to be published abroad as widely as possible. I would that [the Gospels and the epistles of Paul] were translated into all languages, of all Christian people, and that they might be read and known.” 

He was a native of Gloucester and began his studies at Oxford in 1510, later moving on to Cambridge. By 1523 his passion had been ignited; in that year he sought permission and funds from the bishop of London to translate the New Testament. The bishop denied his request, and further queries convinced Tyndale the project would not be welcomed anywhere in England.

To find a hospitable environment, he traveled to the free cities of Europe—Hamburg, Wittenberg, Cologne, and finally to the Lutheran city of Worms. There, in 1525, his New Testament emerged: the first translation from Greek into the English language. It was quickly smuggled into England, where it received a less-than-enthusiastic response from the authorities. King Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, and Sir Thomas More, among others, were furious. It was, said More, “not worthy to be called Christ’s testament, but either Tyndale’s own testament or the testament of his master Antichrist.”

Authorities bought up copies of the translation (which, ironically, only financed Tyndale’s further work) and hatched plans to silence Tyndale.

Meanwhile Tyndale had moved to Antwerp, a city in which he was relatively free from both English agents and those of the Holy Roman (and Catholic) Empire. For nine years he managed with the help of friends to evade authorities, revise his New Testament, and begin translating the Old.

His translations, it would turn out, became decisive in the history of the English Bible, and of the English language. Nearly a century later, when translators of the Authorized, or King James Version, debated how to translate the original languages, eight of ten times, they agreed that Tyndale had it best to begin with.

During these years, Tyndale also gave himself methodically to good works because, as he said, “My part be not in Christ if mine heart be not to follow and live according as I teach.” On Mondays he visited other religious refugees from England. On Saturdays he walked Antwerp’s streets, seeking to minister to the poor. On Sundays he dined in merchants’ homes, reading Scripture before and after dinner. The rest of the week he devoted to writing tracts and books and translating the Bible.

We do not know who planned and financed the plot that ended his life (whether English or continental authorities), but we do know it was carried out by Henry Phillips, a man who had been accused of robbing his father and of gambling himself into poverty. Phillips became Tyndale’s guest at meals and soon was one of the few privileged to look at Tyndale’s books and papers.

In May 1535, Phillips lured Tyndale away from the safety of his quarters and into the arms of soldiers. Tyndale was immediately taken to the Castle of Vilvorde, the great state prison of the Low Countries, and accused of heresy.

Trials for heresy in the Netherlands were in the hands of special commissioners of the Holy Roman Empire. It took months for the law to take its course. During this time, Tyndale had many hours to reflect on his own teachings, such as this passage from one of his tracts:

“Let it not make thee despair, neither yet discourage thee, O reader, that it is forbidden thee in pain of life and goods, or that it is made breaking of the king’s peace, or treason unto his highness, to read the Word of thy soul’s health—for if God be on our side, what matter maketh it who be against us, be they bishops, cardinals, popes.”

Finally, in early August 1536, Tyndale was condemned as a heretic, degraded from the priesthood, and delivered to the secular authorities for punishment.

On Friday, October 6, after local officials took their seats, Tyndale was brought to the cross in the middle of the town square and given a chance to recant. That refused, he was given a moment to pray. English historian John Foxe said he cried out, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!”

Then he was bound to the beam, and both an iron chain and a rope were put around his neck. Gunpowder was added to the brush and logs. At the signal of a local official, the executioner, standing behind Tyndale, quickly tightened the noose, strangling him. Then an official took up a lighted torch and handed it to the executioner, who set the wood ablaze.

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COLLATION AND CONDITION

FRONTISPIECE, 1 page, fine copper plate engraving by N. Whittock of William Tyndale with inscription in Latin, printed on verso, recto blank, tissue guard still in place, Very Clean !, complete.

GENERAL TITLE PAGE, 1 page, dated 1837, verso with “Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1837,……” with some minor underlining as pictured, Very Nice, complete. 

PREFACE, 5 pages, authored by J.P.Dabney and dated August 9, 1837, pages very clean, bright and crisp, Outstanding !, complete.

MEMOIR OF WILLIAM TYNDALE TITLE PAGE, 1 page, Tyndale’s coat of arms on verso, Very Clean and Perfect!, complete.

MEMOIR OF WILLIAM TYNDALE, THE MARTYR,  paginated 11-105 in six chapters with a list of books by Tyndale, Historic notes, Select Features and a Tabular list following the text, includes a fine engraving (pictured below), NO staining, soiling, loose, torn, repaired or missing pages, strong corners, spotless gutters, only a few minor dots of foxing, Beautiful , complete.

THE NEWE TEFTAMENTE TITLE PAGE, 1 page, replica title features 9 of the apostles and Christ seated on his throne with the heavenly host gathered around, verso blank, faint staining to the lower portraits of St. John and St. James, Very Nice !, complete.

THE NEWE TEFTAMENTE , foliated 2 – 164, gothic chapter initials throughout, NO staining, soiling, loose, torn, repaired or missing pages, strong corners, spotless gutters, some faint spots of foxing mostly to the margins, very clean in the main, paper is bright and supple with no brittleness at all, Astounding at 180 years old ! complete.

TO THE REDER, 2 pages, a final exhortation to the reader , conditon as above, with 6 odd underlinings in pink pencil, Historic ! complete.

100 % COMPLETE !

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*** ABOUT THE BINDING ***

RECENTLY AND BEAUTIFULLY REBOUND IN RICH BROWN FULL LEATHER.  FEATURES FOUR RAISED CORDS CREATING A FIVE COMPARTMENTED SPINE WITH GOLD STAMPED MEDALLIONS AND BLIND STAMPED IVY, DUAL DATED 1836 WITH ARABIC NUMERALS AND 1526 WITH ROMAN NUMERALS IN GOLD BELOW THE WORDS NEW TESTAMENT AND WILLIAM TYNDALE . THE COVERS ARE ORNATELY DECORATED WITH DUAL FLORAL BORDERS THAT ARE LINED IN GOLD . LOVELY NEW MARBLED END PAPERS AND GOLD GILT TURN-INS COMPLETE THE RESTORATION VERY NICELY ! COULD BE USED AS A DAILY READER FREE FROM CONCERNS WITH PLENTY OF SHELF APPEAL !

*A WORD FROM THE CONSERVATOR*

 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 180 years old and guaranteed authentic as intended by the original printer. It is NOT a replica,reproduction,facsimile,reprint or forgery. We strive hard to acquire only those Bibles which we would like to collect ourselves, perform any needed restoration work (in this case none was needed other than the binding !)  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!

 

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Weight 48 oz
Dimensions 12 × 8 × 5 in

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