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The Holy Bible
[?Amsterdam:] Printed in the Year,, 1708. 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 Majestie's special command. [Together with:] The Whole Book of Psalms: collected into English meeter, by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others. London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1702. Folio in sixes (398 x 235 mm). Contemporary black goatskin, spine richly gilt tooled in seven compartments (decoration of massed scrolls, floriate tools, backward-looking birds and sunbursts), sides with two-line gilt rule border enclosing concentric ruled and roll tool panels, corner ornaments, triangular side ornaments (made up of repeated floriate tools), central lozenge of scrolling floriate tools, all edges gilt, gilt roll tool turn-ins, marbled endpapers. Engraved "architectural" title page (incorporating the figures of Moses and Aaron and a view of London from the south bank, showing the playhouses), 328 small engraved plates of Biblical scenes by Claes Jansz Visscher or Pieter Schut (eight to a sheet, captions in Dutch), 6 large folding maps by Joseph Moxon after Nicolaes Visscher: one world map (showing California as an island), "Paradise" (Cyprus to the Persian Gulf), "Israel's Peregrination" (Egypt, Israel, Lebanon), fine plan of Jerusalem, "Travels of Saint Paul" (Italy and the Balkans in the North, north Africa across to Turkey and Persian Gulf), "Canaan" (Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria); printed in double columns. Brief family history of one Maynard King (dated 1740s) on rear blank. Occasional browning, neat repair to fore-margin of one leaf. An excellent copy. A fine folio King James Bible in a strikingly well preserved and stylish Queen Anne binding. The vigorous illustrations – in good, strong impressions – date from the 1650s; the maps are by the printer, globe-maker and hydrographer royal Joseph Moxon (1627-1691), who had strong connections with the Netherlands, as his father, an "extreme puritan" (ODNB), had printed English Bibles at Rotterdam during the 1630s and 40s.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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