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1535/1838 - 1st Complete Bible in English/Coverdale - Printing by Bagster
Samuel Bagster, 1838. Printed in London. Measures at 9" x 11" x 2.75". A 19th century type reproduction, itself now venerable, of Coverdale's 1535 Bible: the first complete translation of the Old and New Testaments into Modern English, as well as the first complete printed English translation. Bagster, who had reprinted Tyndale's New Testament in 1836, here had the text set - preserving all original orthography and abbreviations - in what the New York Review described at the time as "a clear type of the antique cast," with black letter headers. John Brain steel engraved the frontispiece portrait of Coverdale, which is followed by a facsimile of the original woodcut title page by Holbein the Younger. An advertisement for Bagster's "just published" memorials of Coverdale is tipped in. Copies of the 1535 first edition have been scarce virtually ever since it was printed, and this Bagster reprinting made the landmark work widely and handsomely available for the first time. Darlow & Moule 1152; Rumball-Petre 58. Later black buckram, spine with neat gilt stamped lettering; one back corner bumped. Frontispiece portrait with a little foxing not affecting appearance of image; engraved title page with light smudge in lower margin. An eminently solid, attractive copy of this important edition of an important work from an important printer. Store - Geneva Bookshelf in front of piano.
Bookseller: historicprints [Lynchburg, Virginia, United States]
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