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Allen P. Wikgren
A Leaf from the First Edition of the First Complete Bible in English, the Coverdale Bible 1535.
San Francisco, CA: Book Club of California, 1974. Upon acquiring fragments of the original Coverdale Bible - the first complete bible to be printed in English in 1535; the Book Club of San Francisco created 424 copies of a book, each containing an original leaf from the bible in addition to an historical introduction by Allen P. Wikgren, and facsimiles of other pages from the bible, including one map fold-out. This is publication number 145 of 424. The original Coverdale Bible leaf included in this copy is from Second Chronicles, covering part of chapter 25, chapter 26, and part of chapter 27. The book also comes with a prospectus, detailing history of the edition and the intentions of the publishers in its creation. The dust jacket is plain, with a large portion of the top of the back torn off, a significant tear on the top of the front, and several small tears all across the edges (See photos). The book is in near fine condition with very slight fading to the edges of the spine, and some very minor shelf-wear along the edges of the hardcover. All pages are clean and unmarked. A great find for any collection. Near Fine / Fair.
Bookseller: B Street Books [California, United States]

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