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Bible. New Testament. Greek)
Novum Testamentum graecum, e codice MS. Alexandrino. descriptum a Carolo Godofredo Woide.
Ex prelo Joannis Nichols, typis Jacksonianis, Londini [London], 1786. FIRST EDITION, folio, pp. [ii], x, [ii], xxxii, [264], 89, [1]. One leaf containing a full-page engraving. Contemporary calf. Toned, some spotting, title-page torn at gutter. Rebacked with a lighter calf, black morocco label, new endpapers, old leather rather scratched and worn. The first edition of the New Testament as preserved in the Codex Alexandrinus and printed, unusually, as a type-facsimile using specially-cut typeface that reproduces the appearance of the fifth-century original. The manuscript, in the British Library, is one of the earliest and most complete surviving witnesses to the Greek text of the Bible; having been given to the English monarch in the 1620s, it was used for an edition of the Old Testament at the beginning of the 18th century, then saved from the Cotton Library fire by Richard Bentley, with the New Testament text finally seeing print in this edition some 55 years later. The editor, Charles Godfrey Woide (1725-1790), was born in Poland but moved to England in 1770, where his expertise in oriental and ancient languages gained him royal patronage and an assistant librarianship at the British Museum. The trustees funded this edition, which used special type cut by Joseph Jackson (1733-1792), 'among the most accomplished English punchcutters of the eighteenth century' (ODNB). Jackson had apprenticed with William Caslon the younger and became known for his unusual alphabets, including Devanagari, Hebrew, Persian, and several versions of Greek. He was invited to work on th … [Click Below for Full Description]
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