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Bible. English. Geneva. Selections. 1861. The soldier's pocket Bible. An exact reprint of the original edition of 1643. Cambridge, [Mass.]: Printed for private distribution, 1861. 32mo (14.9 cm, 5.875"). vi, , 16 pp. $200.00
One of 100 privately printed copies, inscribed by the editor to a prominent American lawyer. The original edition of 1643 was a 16-page passport-sized => pamphlet issued to soldiers of Oliver Cromwell's army during the English Civil War, containing about 150 verse quotations relating to war drawn from the Geneva Bible, meant both to inspire the men's good morals and to rouse them for the fight.
George Livermore, editor and sponsor of this reprint, was a book collector known for his impressive collection of rare Bibles. He possessed what he believed at the time to be one of only two surviving copies of the 1643 Souldier's Pocket Bible, with WorldCat presently reporting three copies although not the one that Livermore knew of.
The reprint, which was produced => "for a few friends who may value such a memorial of one of the most important periods of English History," includes a prefatory note from Livermore discussing the history of the original as he understood it, and bears a facsimile of its title-page.
Provenance: Inscribed in ink on the front free endpaper, "Hon. Geo. S. Hillard with the best regards of his friend Geo. Livermore, July 4, 1861." George Stillman Hillard was an American lawyer who developed a legal practice in Boston with American politician and abolitionist Charles Sumner. Later bookplate of the Pacific School of Religion on front pastedown.
Not in Hills. Brown morocco, boards with blind double-ruled borders and gilt lettering to front one, all edges gilt; rubbed and abraded. Front free endpaper slightly discolored around edges and inscription faint but very readable; text clean and clear. => An intriguing presentation copy. (37831) Please RESHELVE This.
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