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The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New - Bible. English (Middle English). 18 - 1850. 
Oxford: at the University Press 4to (33.5 cm; 13.25"). 4 vols. I: xliv, 687 pp. II: , 888 pp. III: , 897 pp. IV: , 698, , 682b?95b, , 700?49,  pp.. 1850 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). Publisher's navy blue cloth (much faded) with printed cream spine labels (chipping); corners and joints worn but hinges strong, one volume with spine cloth and label cracked vertically and another with a triangle of paper torn (but present and laid down) on spine. Ex-library as above: light pencilling on endpapers and title-pages, five digit accession stamp on title-page versos. Uncut with a significant portion unopened, light age-toning with the occasional spot, some foxing. => A very scholarly, substantial study (and production) of Wycliffe's work and that of his disciples.
[Bookseller: Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co]
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