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The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New: 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.
Oxford: by John Baskett, Printer to the King's most Excellent Majesty, 1717 - Imperial folio (533 × 348 mm). Contemporary blue goatskin with the gilt arms of George I as King of Great Britain 1714–1727 to the centre of each cover and his crowned monogram in the centre of each spine compartment, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments, sides with wide gilt border, marbled endpaper, gilt edges; rebacked with original spine laid down, silk ties lacking. Small book label removed from front pastedown, ownership inscription of William Sawton, 1884, to front blank. Rubbed, front cover darkened, rear cover somewhat faded, some browning from old page markers, still a very good copy of this impressive volume. Royal ruled in red throughout. Title page in red and black. With numerous engraved head- and tailpieces. The New Testament has separate register and title page dated 1716; with the Apocrypha. The Vinegar Bible, a magnificent production from the new university press at Oxford, the gilt arms of George I indicating that this copy was bound for use at one of the royal chapels. A condition of Baskett's lease of the university press was the contribution of £2,000 towards the building of a new printing house; the move from the Sheldonian into Clarendon House took place in October 1713. Baskett's ambitious imperial folio bible decorated with engravings by Hoffman, Du Bosc, and Vandergucht, later described by the bibliophile Thomas Dibdin as a magnificent work, was however marred by a number of errors and was nicknamed the Vinegar Bible from the misprint in the headline of the parable of the vineyard in Luke 20. Nevertheless, "even loose sheets of this work, described as 'shining examples of paper and print' by Daniel Price, were much sought" (Nichols, Illustrations, 708, cited in ODNB). Darlow & Moule 942.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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