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First Printed Edition of Wycliffe's New Testament: The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Translated out of the Latin Vulgat by John Wiclif, S.T.P. Prebendary of Aust in the Collegiate Church of Westbury, and Rector of Lutterworth, about 1378 To Which is Praefixt A History of the Several Translations of the H. Bible and N. Testament, &c, into English, both in MS and Print, and the Most Remarkable Editions of them Since the Invention of Printing. By John Lewis, A.M. London, M,DCC,XXXI
Thomas Page and William Mount on Tower-Hill; and William Parker at the King's-Head in St. Paul's Church-Yard 1731 - One of the most important and sought-after early editions of the English Bible. Scarce with only 160 copies printed. Wycliffe’s translation first appeared in the 14th century in manuscript form. However no printed edition appeared until this one of the NT in 1731. Folio (15” x 10”) in full leather with blind tooled boards, possibly original, leather worn and cracked with loss, especially at extremities and with repairs, resulting in an attractive, well-patinated condition. Later spine in matching leather in eight panels over raised bands with red leather gilt labels. Collates complete: First frontis (copperplate of Lewis); a-b; * (subscriber list & errata); B – Z; Aa – Ee; Second frontis. (Copperplate of Wycliff); [A] – Z; Aa – [Qq]; a-b. Actually two books in one: includes Lewis’ 108 pp. groundbreaking detailed bibliography of early editions of the English Bible and Wycliffe’s 153 pp. Testament in early English text, plus Index & Glossary. The NT text is not divided into verses, as this had not yet been done in the 14th century when Wycliffe’s work first appeared as a translation of the Vulgate. COMPLETE with both plates: Wycliffe and Lewis, PLUS the fine engraved title to Great Bible inserted in History. Leaves browned; pastedowns, preliminary and terminal blanks grubby, chipped/torn with edges frayed. Preliminary pastedown has attractive bookplate and typed label: “Purchased in London, 1930;” preliminary blank has library stamp. Lewis portrait creased in two places; general and divisional titles have library stamp affecting text. Library stamps also on pps. 51, 101, & 151 affecting upper right corner of text. General title has Dewey decimal no. in ink in left margin. Divisional title (NT) has clean tear not affecting text. Page iii of Introduction has two slight tears, one affecting two letters of text. Overall, an attractive copy of this rare and historically important volume. A “Top of the Line” production of its era on fine quality paper with historiated initials and ornate vignettes throughout. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Antiquarian Theology]
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