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Bible. English. 1805. Douai. The Holy Bible, translated from the Latin Vulgat ... The Old Testament first published by the English College at Doway, A.D. 1609, and the New Testament first published at the English College at Rhemes, A.D. 1582 ... Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1805. 4to (28 cm, 11").  ff., 772 pp. ; 214 pp.,  ff., 3 maps (2 fold.), 10 engr. plts. $8,250.00
This first illustrated Catholic Bible printed in America is also only the second printing of the Douai-Rheims Bible in the United States overall, and in its text it differs from the first chiefly in being a reprinting of the Rev. Troy's fifth Dublin (1791) edition, which in its turn was a revision of Dr. Challoner's version. The first American Douai (Philadelphia, 1790) had been taken from the second edition of Challoner's Bible (1763–64).
Both the first and this second American Catholic Bible are rare. Rumball-Petre says of the 1790 edition that "As of the year 1954 only 35 copies this rare Bible have been traced as extant in public and private collections,” but, frankly, that is a very old estimate and there are more copies now known. However, its rarity is real and its demand significant: Copies only occasionally appear at auction and the last one auctioned, in 2016, brought $28,800. Of this second, first illustrated edition, fewer than two dozen American libraries report ownership, as per WorldCat. => This is only the second copy that we have ever offered for sale, and we have long specialized in rare Bibles.
There are two issues of this edition: one with 8 plates and 3 maps and the issue offered here with 10 plates (all in the New Testament) and 3 maps. The maps are the same in both issues but only one plate is shared by the two issues.
Parsons 271; O'Callaghan 75–76, issue 2 (no priority assigned); Hills 120; Herbert 1481; Rumball-Petre 180; Shaw & Shoemaker 7991; Finotti 34–37; Clarkin 482. Contemporary sheep, expertly rebacked with old spine label preserved and laid on; new endpapers. Expectable age-toning and less than expectable spotting, with leaves pre-Genesis and a few random others browned; folding frontispiece map with old water- and dampstaining, general title and next few leaves showing this also but in much lower degrees, and last two leaves ("Table") tattered at edges not approaching text. The plates show the expectable age-toning and show (almost entirely in their margins) the expectable foxing of their age and nature, but the latter does not affect the appeal of the illustrations. => This is a decidedly acceptable, presentable, and treasurable copy of a very rare American Catholicum. (41017) Please RESHELVE This.
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