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Bible. Manx. 1819. Yn Vible Casherick, ny yn Chenn Chonaant, as yn Conaant Noa: Veih chied ghlaraghyn; dy kiaralagh chyndait ayns Gailck: Ta shen dy ghra, chengey ny Mayrey Ellan Vannin. British & Foreign Bible Society: Alfred A. Knopf, 1819. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5").  ff. $375.00
Manx is an Indo-European language of the Goidelic Celtic language subdivision that traditionally was spoken on the Isle of Man. The first complete Bible in the language was published 1772–73, in two volumes in octavo format, having been translated by a committee of Manx clergymen and revised by John Kelley and Philip Moore, and then in 1775 a very small press run of perhaps 40 copies was printed of the Bible in quarto format for presentation. This 1819 edition is the first one-volume octavo edition of the Manx Bible, and only the third edition overall. As was the practice of the B.F.B.S., this Bible does not contain the Apocrypha; the leaves are unpaginated.
Provenance: "R. Coupland F. Thomas" dated 1876, "Foulkstone," on front free endpaper.
Darlow & Moule 6642; North & Nida, Book of a Thousand Tongues (1972), 813. Publsher's sheep, spine with gilt-stamped "Manks Bible" title; abraded and rubbed, joints open but boards holding if handled with care. Inscription as above; title-page verso with pencilled library annotations and rubber-stamped numeral. Pages gently age-toned with scattered small spots of foxing. (39341) Please RESHELVE This.
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