The First English THUMB BIBLE in Prose
Beautifully Bound & with Sharp Lovely Plates
Bible. English. Selections. Biblia. Or a practical summary of ye Old and New Testaments. London: R. Wilkin, 1728 (i.e., 1727). 64mo (4 cm, 1.57"). , 154, , 155–278,  pp.; 16 plts.
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Delightful example of an illustrated thumb Bible, this beingthe earliest known prose appearance of such according to Adomeit. Wilkin printed this tiny volume in 1727, and Adomeit notes that “copies are most commonly found with date altered in ink to 1728" — as is indeed the case here — “but there seems to be no difference between the copies outside of this change.” In addition to the two engraved title-pages, the text is illustrated with16 minscule engraved plates.
Binding: Contemporary black calf, gilt extra, board edges and turn-ins with gilt roll. All edges gilt; marbled endpapers.
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Adomeit, Thumb Bibles, B16 (see also p. xvi); ESTC N64949; Opie L 25. Binding as above, slightly (expectably) sprung, spine gilt showing one crack. Dates inked in an early hand as above; frontispiece for New Testament affixed to final page of Old Testament. Pages and plates very clean. A remarkable copy of a desirable item. (41004)
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