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THE HOLY BIBLE, CONTAINING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS. . . . APPOINTED TO BE READ IN CHURCHES
Printed at the Clarendon Pressby Bensley, Cooke, and Collingwood, Oxford 1817 - 300 x 240 mm. (11 7/8 x 9 3/8"). [618] leaves. Stately contemporary purple straight-grain morocco, gilt, cover with frames of blind and gilt decorative rolls, central panel with large lozenge containing the dove of the Holy Spirit and the Tetragrammaton within a gilt sunburst, raised bands, spine compartments densely gilt, gilt titling, gilt-rolled turn-ins, olive green endpapers, all edges gilt. Front and rear flyleaves with pencilled notation in German claiming provenance from the library of the kings of Hannover; rear endleaf with ink stamp "H 912." Joints and extremities a bit rubbed, upper cover a little mottled, a couple of short scratches to lower cover, occasional minor foxing, more pronounced on a couple of quires at front and rear, otherwise an excellent copy, clean and fresh internally in a binding bright with gilt. This is an impressively bound edition of Holy Scripture that may have royal provenance. Pencilled notes in German on the flyleaves at front and rear indicate it is the "Exemplar aus der Bibliothek des Konigs v[on] Hannover." An 1858 Katalog der Privat-Bibliothek Seiner Majestat des Konigs von Hannover lists an 1817 Bible printed at Oxford among its holdings. While we have no way of knowing for sure if it was this copy, the sumptuous binding here , in royal purple and with lavish gilt, is certainly fit for a king's library. The fine condition suggests that the volume was not used regularly, either in a church as intended, or by a family; instead it seens to have been valued as a object for the beauty of its binding and printing. This is an impressively bound edition of Holy Scripture that may have royal provenance. Pencilled notes in German on the flyleaves at front and rear indicate it is the "Exemplar aus der Bibliothek des Konigs v[on] Hannover." An 1858 Katalog der Privat-Bibliothek Seiner Majestat des Konigs von Hannover lists an 1817 Bible printed at Oxford among its holdings. While we have no way of knowing for sure if it was this copy, the sumptuous binding here , in royal purple and with lavish gilt, is certainly fit for a king's library. The fine condition suggests that the volume was not used regularly, either in a church as intended, or by a family; instead it seens to have been valued as a object for the beauty of its binding and printing.
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)]
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