The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments: together with the Apocrypha ... Embellished with Ten Maps and Forty Historical Engravings.

Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, No. 122 Market-Street, 1810-1811.

Price: $950.00

About the item

[4], 1080, 72pp. Complete with 50 illustrations, plate at p. 916 is detached and tattered at edges and plate at 932 is detached and with considerably trimmed. Early entries on the family register by the Mingle family. Sectional titles for the OT and NT (1811), Apocrypha and Brown's Brief Concordance, as issued. 4to. Contemporary calf. Worn, upper cover nearly detached. Foxing. Early inked stamp of P.A. Johnson, Bookseller & Stationer, Morristown, N.J. on front pastedown and with ownership inscription on ffep: "Henry Mingle's Bible bought of Peter A. Johnson in Morristown October 28, 1812." Hills 174; O'Callaghan 1810.1. See Clarkin 622 (8 plates) and 623 (1 map, 10 plates); this issue not recorded.

Item #320096

In 1804, Carey first published a new edition of the quarto Bible from standing type, and including the Apocrypha. A consummate promoter and bookseller, Carey re-issued the Bible on a variety of paper stocks and with various numbers of engraved maps and plates over the next decade. An 1809 advertisement listed 34 variations of his "Family Bible" (priced between $3.50 and $12), however none of those listed include more than 30 engraved maps and plates, suggesting this issue with 50 engraved maps and plates and including the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, Apocrypha and Brown's Concordance to be among the most deluxe version yet issued by Carey. We find no record of Carey's quarto bible with 50 plates, as here.

With an early Morristown, New Jersey bookseller stamp and provenance to the Mingle family of Warren County, New Jersey.