The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New: Translated out of the Original Tongues and With the former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised

Baskerville's Masterpiece

The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New: Translated out of the Original Tongues and With the former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised.

Birmingham: John Baskerville, Printer to the University, 1763.

The third variant of the Subscriber's list, with the most names, ending with that of the Hon. Charles York, Esq, Attorney General. Unpaginated [1146 pages] A2 * B-13D2 13E1 *a-e2 *f1. With A Form of Prayer and Thanksgiving to Almighty God, 4pp. (Eyre and Spottiswoode: London, 1859) and 2 pp. of manuscript prayers laid-in. 1 vols. Folio (18-3/4 x 12-3/8 in.). Baskerville's Masterpiece. Contemporary dark blue morocco, covers gilt with wide roll borders, surrounding central gilt cross built up from small tools. Some light scuffing and wear to joints and corners, very slight staining to outer margin of first few leaves, in all a very clean and handsome copy. Provenance: Richard Bellamy, b. 1741 (Manuscript birth and wedding register on rear free end paper for Richard Bellamy and his wife Elizabeth (née Griffiths), married in 1760, and their 7 children); John William Burns, Kilmahew (bookplate). Nixon, p. 184; Gaskell, Bibliography of John Baskerville, 26; Ramsden p. 135. Item #300386

The 1763 edition of Baskerville's Bible has always been recognized as his masterpiece and is one of the high-points in the history of printing in Britain. This copy in a beautiful contemporary binding in the style of the leading Cambridge binder of the day, Edwin Moor, with multiple border rolls and a central lozenge (here a cross) made up of small tools, all typical of Moor's style.

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