New York: Harper & Brothers, 1846.
First book edition of Harper Bible (first issued in 54 parts). Engraved presentation leaf printed in green and black (in other copies sepia), contents leaf printed in sepia, marriages, births and deaths pages printed in red, blue and sepia respectively, engraved main title printed in sepia (in other copies blue), engraved title to New Testament printed in blue (in other copies sepia), 2 frontispieces, text in triple column, the middle column a narrow one with notations and glosses; numerous wood-engraved illus. throughout; bound without the 2 half-titles printed in red; 844, 128, 256, 4, 8, 14, 34 pp. Large, thick 4to. Harper Bible in Deluxe American binding. In full American black pebble-grain morocco, covers with triple gilt rule enclosing decorative floral outer panel (with rosettes, urns, and other decorative elements), with an ornate gilt lozenge central, gilt decorated spine in 6 compartments, gilt-lettered direct in 1, the binder's name, J. H. Sackmann and Brother in gilt at the bottom, gilt turn-ins, and elaborately decorated endpapers with a floral and ornithological motif; small crack at the top of the upper joint, else fine and bright in a handsome deluxe American binding of the period. Hills 1161; Hamilton 198; cf. Exman, The House of Harper, pp. 34-35. Item #238568
A copy in deluxe binding of the first complete book edition of the Harper Bible. "...this Harper publication was a remarkable production for its time and place, and retains its importance in the annals of American book-making. W.J. Linton, noted wood-engraver and author, knew 'no other book like this, so good, so perfect in all its undertakes.' The illustrations are like paintings of history, as are so many of the old European Biblical painting and illustrations" (Hills, quoting Weitenhampf).
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