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The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New - Bible. English (Middle English). 1 - 1795. 
First printed edition of the complete Wycliffite version, edited over the course of 22 years by Josiah Forshall (1795-1863) and Sir Frederic Madden (1801-73), both Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Museum during their lifetimes.John Wycliffe (d. 1384) is revered as the first to translate the New Testament into now-recognizable English, though unfortunately his heterodox religious opinions brought his translation into disrepute at the time. His follower Nicholas of Hereford is believed to have later completed the Old Testament and Apocrypha before John Purvey revised the translation and added a prologue. Darlow & Moule note Wycliffe's "homely colloquial style, and Hereford's somewhat awkward literalism, were both softened by Purvey's revision."This text includes => both Wycliffite translations printed side by side for easy comparison, and includes the Epistle to the Laodiceans following the Epistle to the Colossians. Also included is a descriptive list of 170 manuscripts containing parts of the Wycliffe translations. Provenance: The Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released).
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