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Bible. O.T. Psalms. Greek. 1812. Psalterium graecum e codice MS. Alexandrino, qui Londini in Bibliotheca Musei Britannici asservatur, typis ad similitudinem ipsius codicis Scripturae fideliter descriptum. Londini: Ex prelo Ricardi Taylor et Socii, 1812. Folio (48 cm, 19"). xii pp.,  ff. (facsimile), 18 pp. $750.00
This VERY LARGE letterpress facsimile of the Psalms from the British Museum's Codex Alexandrinus (i.e., Royal 1 D VII, a Septuagint and Greek New Testament) was issued via subscription in paper copies, like the present example, and on vellum — of this latter, only 17 copies were so issued. The codex dates from the middle of the fifth century and is "probably third in age among the extant Greek Bible manuscripts (after the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus)" according to Doheny. The editor here was Henry Hervey Baber (1775–1869).
The Greek type used here was originally cut, in imitation of the Alexandrine uncials, by Joseph Jackson — a former apprentice of Caslon's — for Dr. Woide's 1786 edition of the Greek New Testament. "The matrices were deposited in the British Museum and brought into requisition for Baber's work" (Doheny). Roman and another Greek face were used for the introduction and notes.
The list of subscribers follows the dedication to Charles Manners Sutton, Archbishop of Canterbury; then come the facsimiles in double-column format and lastly the "Varietates Codicis Alexandrini."
Provenance: Bookplate of the Brown-Lindsay Library of the United Presbyterian College; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
The Estelle Doheny Collection (auctioned Christie's 1988–89) 1074. Half brown morocco (signed "A. Banks, Junior" in lower area of front pastedown) with marbled paper sides; binding worn and abraded. Waterstaining to endpapers and in some inner margins; dampstaining elsewhere including to title-page, but chiefly on the blank leaves before and after the text. A sound copy and priced according to its faults, not its continuing interest. (38721) Please RESHELVE This.
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