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The Holy Bible. Containing the Old and New Testaments: Newly Translated out of the Original Tongues, And with the former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. By His Majesty's Special Command. Appointed to be Read in Churches. [Bound with] The Psalms of David in Metre. Newly Translated, and diligently Compared with the Original Text, and former Translations. More Plain, Smooth, and Agreeable to the Text, than any heretofore. Allowed by the Authority of the General Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland, and appointed to be Sun in Congregations and Families.
Edinburgh: Printed by James Watson, One of His Majesty's Printers, Sold at his Shop, 1719 - Two works in two volumes, duodecimo (123 x 65 mm). Finely bound in contemporary Scottish black morocco, spines gilt-tooled in compartments, sides panelled in gilt, board edges and turn-ins gilt-rolled, marbled pastedowns, all edges gilt. The two volumes held in a near-contemporary hand-embroidered silk wallet, black to one side with gold-stitched boarder and gold initials E.S., the other side multicoloured (red, blue, gilt, black, white and brazen), gold silk tie. Ownership inscriptions to preliminary leaves. Margins in places trimmed a little close but never cropped. Covers only lightly rubbed, entirely unrestored, gilt edges somewhat dulled, internally some toning and spotting with the occasional minor tear to margin, a superb set in excellent condition. The wallet a little frayed at the edges and lacking one tie. Poem as half-title, overall title page, sectional title page (continuous signatures) for the New Testament. Separate title page for the Psalms. An uncommon Edinburgh edition of the King James Bible, with a handsome and superbly preserved Scottish contemporary morocco binding complete with its unusual and excellently preserved embroidered wallet, with the initials E.S. standing for Eleanor Shaw. The Shaw family owned this book, as evinced by a sequence of in ownership inscriptions: "May 13th 1729 John Shaw His Book" (both volumes); "Eliner Shaw Her Book June the 29: 1754" (only first volume); then after a temporal gap, "Presented to me by my Father, Robert C. Shaw, a few days before his death, who was in the 61st year of his age - John Shaw, February 1844" (both volume), and lastly, "Presented to me by my father John Shaw, Emma E. Shaw", taking the family ownership of this bible from the early 18th to the late 19th century. The original John Shaw, whose inscription appears on the binders second blank (as such attesting that it was he who had the book bound so handsomely) may well be Sir John Shaw of Greenock, 3rd Baronet (c.1700-1752). He was MP for Renfrewshire 1708-10, for Clackmannanshire 1722-7, and for Renfrewshire again 1727-34. On his death in 1752 the baronetcy became extinct as he had no male issue, and as such the records are scant. It is however possible he had daughters, and since his mother's name was Eleanor it is certainly possible he named his daughter, this "Elinor Shaw" who inscribed the bible in 1754 and who commissioned this embroidered silk wallet for it, after her. Whatever the provenance, a superb survival, the binding and wallet a handsome example of 18th century Scottish craftsmanship. ESTC T89295. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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