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The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New; with the Apocrypha: Translated out of the Original Tongues, with Annotations.
Birmingham; printed by John Baskerville, 1769-1772. Folio. 43x27,5 cm. Frontispiece, 572 leaves + 9 plates. Tan cloth on boards backed with dark red morocco with six raised bands; according to pencil notation the volume was rebound by John Cuthbert at Guildhall Library in 1980. The frontispiece and the title have neatly repaired corners; the latter is a trifle soiled. An early owner's pen notations on verso of the third plate. A minimal hole in the text on leaf 10E. A short tear in lower margin of leaf 11T has been sewn together with thread. A tissue paper has been mounted on the verso of leaf 13K as reinforcement. There are recurring dampstains in top and outer margins, cornerfolds, light stains in margins, and a few short tears. The text and plates are generally clean and bright. With the variant title leaf dated 1772, and the N. T. title leaf dated 1771. ''The book was issued in parts, starting in January 1769, the earlier state of the title-page being issued in the first part; it was probably reprinted in 1772 for use when the book was sold complete.'' (Gaskell). The copperplates are signed by the artists J. M. Moreau le jeune, F. Hayman, C. Vanloo and J. Jouvenet; and by the engravers Westwood, I. Taylor, Le Grand, J. Caldwell, and Hicks. Second edition of Baskerville's Folio Bible, the first edition published in 1763. ''Always regarded as Baskerville's magnum opus, and his most magnificent as well as his most characteristic specimen'' (Reed, A History of the Old English Letter Foundries, pp. 279, referring to the 1763 edition). The copy has apparently been used as a family bible; bound in at rear is a torn leaf showing that the bible has been handed down in the Bird family. One of the earliest entries, not dated, says ''James Bird married to Sarah Roberts Angus'', and the next ''Ann Bird born June 8 1779 at seven o'clock / in the morning died...'' Several entries contain news on children who have died shortly after their birth, until the mentioning of ''Hannah Bird born September 23 1783 at six o'clock in the morning / Christened at Whitechapel Church in October''. Her signature, on contemporary paper, has been mounted on the front paste-down, together with an old spine label (presumably from the previous binding of this book). According to several genealogical websites consulted, Hannah Birds date of death is unknown, but it is stated that she married a James Waering in St. Anne Soho in the year 1800. The further provenance of this book is unknown to us. Gaskell, John Baskerville. A Bibliography 35
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