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1680 1st Complete KJV Octavo Bible Printed in Oxford
1680 - Bible. English. 1680. Authorized King James Version. The Holy Bible containing the Old Testament and the New┬┐ Printer: [Oxford: At the Theater for Moses Pitt, Peter Parker, Thomas Guy, and William Leak, 1680]. 8vo (17 cm, 6.75"). [558] ff.; lacking engraved title (replaced with title and prelim. leaf from another edition). Description: An uncommon type of book sophistication: Considerable trouble has been taken to make this 1680 Oxford octavo Bible (the first complete English octavo Bible printed in that city) look like an earlier 1637 London Bible. The title-leaf and subsequent leaf from that Bible have been bound in at the beginning (the latter replicating the content found on f. [1] of this Bible) and the date on the New Testament sectional title has been all but completely erased. The charming binding supports the hoax, bearing a gilt "1637" on its spine. This edition is printed in two unruled columns with shouldernotes, sidenotes (including dates), and italic headers. Acts 6:3 wrongly reads "ye may" for "we may." Tables of kindred and affinity, weights and measures, money, and time are found on the last two pages. The New Testament sectional title has a woodcut vignette showing the arms of the University. Binding: 19th-century black calf, elaborately tooled in blind in imaginative evocation of an "over the top" 17th-century binding, being horizontally, vertically, and diagonally ruled, foliate and floral devices within. Spine compartments tooled within, with gilt title in second one and gilt "Barker 1637" gilt at base. Red marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Provenance: 20th-century bookplate of C. ( or J.?) F. Weidmann, D.D. on front pastedown. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Cross & Crown Rare Books]
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