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THE PRONOUNCING EDITION OF THE HOLY BIBLE - Various - 1890. 
Chicago, IL: John Gately & Co., 1890. Gorgeous and massive 125 year-old bible, truly a labor of art, love and faith combined. Full leather. Elaborate, Baroque, modelled thick boards with intricate gilding, and so many separate gilt design motifs and scene-representations on covers, that one could "read" the cover for a full hour before ever opening this beautiful book! Original stamped metal clasps. All edges gilt. Many hundreds of elaborate partial-page engravings,as well as numerous full-page engravings, at least fifteen of which are in brillilant color (see photos). Scripture itself comprises 1342 pp. but more than a dozen separate sections are separately numbered, bringing the total of pages to approximately 1760. Family pages NOT filled-in, and thick, cardboard sleeves, one leaf of which will accomodate 2 photos measuring 5.25" x 3.75", the second leaf holding eight 3" x 2" photos.Some leather touch-up and minor restoration. Only a very few (under a half-dozen) pages have some small closed edge tears. Page edges are age-tanned. Overall a positively lovely, and rich example of an old family bible, lavishly appointed.Text Includes COMPLETE CONCORDANCE; marginal references; chronological tables; a history of ancient biblical manuscripts with facsimiles of the same; the earliest printed editions of The Bible; a history of the revision of the bible; Chronology of the Books of the Bible; Lives and Histories of the Writers and Translators; Cities of The Bible with Descriptive Scenes and Events; Kings and Prophets of Judea and The Bible; Harmony of the Four Gospels; Missionary Travels of St. Paul; Bible Stories for Young People; Psalms of David in Meter; Historical Illustrations of Bible Text Derived From Ancient Coins and Gems; Coins, Money & Weights of The Bible; and A New Self-Pronouncing Dictionary of The Bible (William Smith). etc "...This revision of the Authorised Version was undertaken in consequence of a Resolution passed by both houses of the Convocation of the Province of Canterbury, as has been fulliy explained in the Preface to the Revised Version of the New Testament, which was first published in May, 1881...the following General Principles...were laid down by the Revision Committee of Convocation for their guidance: 1) To introduce as few alterations as possible into the Text of the Authorised Version consistently with faithfulness; 2) To limit, as far as possible, the expression of such alterations...; 3)...the Text to be adopted be that for which the evidence is decidedly preponderating; and that when the Text so adopted differs from that from which the Authorised Version was made, the alteration be indicated in the margin..." Etc.
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