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Fulke's Refutation — THE ENGLISH CATHOLIC BIBLEBible. N.T. English. Rheims–Bishops' version. 1633. The text of the New Testament of Iesus Christ, translated out of the vulgar Latine by the Papists of the traiterous Seminarie at Rhemes ... Whereunto is added the translation out of the original Greeke, commonly used in the Church of England. London: Pr. by Augustine Mathewes on[e] of the assignes of Hester Ogden, 1633. Folio (33.3 cm, 13.25"). Frontis., engr. t.-p., , 912, , 25, , 206, , 17, [1 (blank)] pp.
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When the Jesuit scholars at Rheims succeeded in printing their Catholic translation of the New Testament into English (first edition, 1582), the event affected various English Protestant scholars in different ways: Some were offended or outraged, others intrigued, and yet others spurred to action. William Fulke, of Pembroke College, Cambridge, was among those offended, outraged, and spurred: In 1589 he produced the first edition of his work attempting to refute the Rheims New Testament. His approach, however — which was to print the Rheims NT in parallel columns with the Bishops' NT (the then accepted version of the Church of England), supplying accompanying notes and explanations — had unforeseen consequences.
As Darlow and Moule comment, “by printing the Rheims Testament in full, side by side with the Bishops' version, [Fulke] secured for the former a publicity which it would not otherwise have obtained, and was indirectly responsible for the marked influence which Rheims exerted on the Bible of 1611.” Alan Thomas elaborates by observing that “many a dignified or felicitous phrase was silently lifted by the editors of King James's Version, and thus passed into the language” (Great Books and Book Collectors, p. 108).
This is the fourth edition, “wherein are many grosse absurdities corrected.” A portrait of William Fulke precedes the engraved title-page, both done by William Marshall. The Biblical text is followed (as issued) by Fulke's Defense of the Sincere and True Translation of the Holy Scriptures into the English Tongue, against the Manifold Cavils, Frivolous Quarrels, and Impudent Slanders of Gregorie Martin.
STC (2nd ed.) 2947; Darlow & Moule 371; ESTC S121246; Herbert 480. Contemporary mottled calf, covers framed and panelled in gilt double fillets with gilt-stamped corner fleurons, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label, all edges gilt; binding rubbed, leather moderately acid-pitted, joints cracked, rectangle of leather lost at upper inner corner of front cover. Lower edges of closed book rubber-stamped; free endpapers excised; lower outer corners lightly waterstained at rear; pages otherwise slightly age-toned but notably clean. A sound, good copy. (24066)
SumptuousGILT Black Goat Binding, Text Completely Ruled in Red, Edges Gilt & Gauffered
Bible. English. Authorized (i.e., King James version). 1690. The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament, and the New. London: Printed by Charles Bill & Thomas Newcomb, 1690 [or possibly 1692]. 8vo (20 cm; 8").  ff. [also bound in at rear] Bible. O.T. Psalms. English. Paraphrases. 1693. Sternhold & Hopkins. The whole book of psalms. Collected into English metre. London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1693. 8vo. 87,  p.
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A handsomely bound late 17th-century printing of the King James Bible, this begins with an engraved title-leaf featuring the title within an architectural frame; the text of the Bible is printed on thin paper in double-column format. The entire volume has been ruled by hand in red.
The title-page of the New Testament is dated 1694 and bears the imprint “Printed by Charles Bill and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, deceas'd,” and the signing of the signatures is absolutely continuous from the O.T. — that is the last leaf of the O.T. is Iii6 and the title-leaf of the N.T. is Iiii7. Curiously, on the engraved main title-page the date area shows erasure of a date that might have been 1692 or 1682 in roman numerals. It is possible that the 1690 date in roman is in excellent pen and ink facsimile.
Binding: Contemporary black goat with a complicated and beautiful overall pattern of gilt tooling using acorn, star, and flower devices, a leaf-vine roll, a double- and a triple-fillet, hashed triangles, and a few other tools. The tall slim central panel is accented at all corners with heart forms, these revealed by three survivors on the back cover to have beenred leather onlays. Spine also elaborately gilt-tooled with some of the same tools reappearing and with two compartments incorporating capital letters hard to make out: “H OP K / I N S”? All edges gilt and gauffered.
Provenance: The Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released).
The collation by signatures of this edition of the Bible does not match that in any of the bibliographies or databases listed below for an 8vo Bible dated 1682, 1690, or 1692.
Not in Darlow & Moule; not in Herbert; not in Wing (rev. ed.); not in ESTC. Binding as above, with light overall abrading; some portions of board edges and the four corners of the boards restored, with some still/again abraded; gilt faded in some portions and elsewhere bright. Red-ruled text has been spared trimming of captions or catchwords; very occasionally a sidenote has been just touched. The leaf on which Jesus declares that he is the way, the truth, and the life is firmly dog-eared. Overall a handsomely produced and well-cherished King James Bible, with S&H, in a still very impressive Restoration binding. (34788)
NOAH WEBSTER Revises the Language of the BIBLE
Bible. English. Webster. 1833. The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, in the common version, with amendments of the language by Noah Webster. New Haven: Durrie & Peck; Sold by Hezekiah Howe & Co., and by N. & J. White, 1833. 8vo (23 cm; 9"). xvi, 907 pp.
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First edition of the Bible in English (Authorized Version) tailored for American readers by Noah Webster (1758–1843). “His purpose was to remove obsolete words and those offensive to delicacy” (Rumball-Petre), Webster himself further stipulating, “To avoid giving offense to any denomination of christian [sic], I have not knowingly made any alteration to the passages of the present version, on which the different denominations rely for the support of their peculiar tenets” (Preface, p. iv). Webster further explains that the purpose of his revisions is to make the language clearer and purer so as to not “divert the mind from the matter to the language of the scriptures, and thus, in a degree, frustrate the purpose of giving instruction” (Preface, p. xvi).
Webster considered his work on the revision of the Bible more important than that on the dictionary and was sorely disappointed at the Bible's poor reception among all levels of readers.
Provenance: 19th-century ownership signatures of Luther P. Hubbard (undated) and R.T. Hall (1894); after ca. 1954 in The Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released).
Darlow & Moule 1793; Hills 826; Rumball-Petre 197. Publisher's sheep, spine dry and tending to flake; front board once detached and resecured with a cloth tape repair at the hinge (inside). Foxing as usual. Priced to encourage better repair to its binding, this is a complete, sound copy. (33830)
Goudy as the Maker of anIlluminated “Medieval” Manuscript
Bible. Manuscript. O.T. Ecclesiastes. ca. 1903. Manuscript. “Ecclesiastes[,] or the preacher.” No place [Park Ridge, IL; Hingham, MA]: no date [ca. 1903–06]. 8vo (21 x 13 cm; 8.25" x 5.125").  ff.
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Frederic W. Goudy is famous as a type designer, owner of a press, advocate of good type design in all print media, and an inspiring spirit of the American fine press movement at the beginning of the 20th century. We know that he took some of his own inspiration from the British and American Arts and Crafts movement and its interest in medieval manuscripts.
Virtually unknown is his creation of medieval-inspired manuscripts, indited on parchment, illuminated, hand-colored, illustrated, and then bound appropriately. He created this rendering of Ecclesiastes without providing a colophon but did initial the title-page thus tying its creation to him. The overall style would point to the 1890s.
The first leaf bears a gilt border on the recto but is otherwise blank; this is followed by two blank leaves, then the title-leaf. The recto bears an asymmetrical illuminated and polychromatic four-element border filling the top, inner, and bottom sides. The wording is presented in a modified serif with the “E” of Ecclesiastes done in red on a gold field with some white floral elements, and the “P” of “Preacher” is in red with black hashing. The verso is blank as is the next leaf.
The biblical text begins on 6r and all of the text leaves bear illuminated, polychromatic, and illustrated borders on two of the four sides of the page. Each border is unique, there are no repeats. The text is enlivened with infills of red, green, and gold, as well as vines and even bowls with flowers. The many human faces that appear in some of the borders may well be those of friends, neighbors, or acquaintances.
The leaf/page construction of the manuscript is this, with a very few exceptions: a leaf of parchment is folded in half and sewn to the binding at the open end, thus leaving inner “pages” blank, as with Asian books. The text of this manuscript, then, is present on the outer surfaces of the folded leaves.
Binding: Dark brown leather with a richly embossed border on the covers that has been gilt over the embossing, and an inner frame offering a central lobed oval with pendants and corner pieces with arabesque designs on a gold ground. Modeled on that “used in the 17th and 18th centuries to produce sharp inlaid medallion designs of the Persian-style binding. The supporting board was hollowed out in the exact shape of the stamp to be used, then the dampened leather was placed over the board. When applied to the leather, the heated stamp molded into the contours of the board and created a deep impression. The gilt patterns were applied to paper, perhaps because paper took the gilding more readily than leather. The paper was then placed between the leather and the stamp, hence becoming sealed to the leather during the stamping process” (Beinecke Library Exhibit “Islamic Books and Bookbinding,” Arabic ms. 166, http://www.library.yale.edu/neareast/exhibitions/Islamic_book2.html ).
Pastedowns of lighter brown leather with inlaid blue leather central lobed oval; pendants and corner pieces with arabesque designs All edges gilt.
Binding as above, spine expertly repaired using the Japanese long-fiber method and then toned. One blank leaf with a cut. Folded edges of two bifolia partially opened. A beautiful, curious, and sumptuous production; an extraordinary relic of a legend in lettering. (35510)
Szyk's LEC Ruth
Bible. O.T. Ruth. English. 1947. Authorized (i.e., “King James Version”). The book of Ruth from the translation prepared at Cambridge in 1611 for King James I with a preface by Mary Ellen Chase and illustrations by Arthur Szyk. New York: [Printed by the Aldus Printers for the] Limited Editions Club, 1947. Small folio (31 cm, 12.2"). 42,  double-fold pp.; col. illus.
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Szyk's eight full-page, full-color “Oriental Realism” illustrations, in the style and tradition of Oriental miniatures, are dramatically eye-filling in this Limited Editions Club production. The edition is limited to 1950 copies (this is no. 230, with the appropriate LEC newsletter laid in), each signed by the illustrator. The volume is set in intertype Weiss, with six large initials in gold; “Ruth” on the half-title and title-page are also printed in gold; and the paper is Worthy special.
Binding: Bound by Russell-Rutter Company in half white leather with slightly raised bands a gilt-background title label; smooth vellum-paper sides, gold-stamped with a large image of Ruth holding a sheaf of grain and a scythe. Top edge gilt.
Limited Editions Club, Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by The Limited Editions Club, 184. Binding as above, in the original gold foil-covered slipcase; volume with spine and corners moderately darkened and rubbed, slipcase foil with expectable rubbing and spine chipped. LEC newsletter creased, with small stains. In spite of these flaws, still a sturdy case and a pleasing book, internally bright and lovely. (36857)
“And as Jesus Passed by, He Sawe a Man Which Was Blind from HisBirth”
Bible. English. Authorized (i.e., “King James”). 1611 (2008). The Holy Bible, conteyning the Old Testament and the New, newly translated out of the original tongues & with the former translations diligently compared and reuised. Litchfield Park, AZ: Bible Museum, 2008. Folio. Unpaginated.
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A 400th anniversary edition of the King James Bible, being an accurate, complete, full-size facsimile of the “Great He” Bible. This copy is one of 1000 designated “The Subscriber's” version withtwo original leaves from the 1611 printing, one from the Old Testament (leaf Fff2, Psalms 88:6 through 90:5) and one from the New (leaf K3, John 8:39 through 9:41). Both leaves are in excellent condition.
(This book is very large and extremely heavy and will require considerable extra shipping charges.)
Bound in full brown leather and in an open-back slipcase. As new. (35166)
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