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Bible. New Testament. English. 1791. Authorized (i.e., "King James Version").  The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Translated out of the original Greek, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised, by the special command of King James I, of England. United States of America, [i.e., Worcester, Mass.]: Pr. at the press in Worcester, Massachusetts, by Isaiah Thomas, 1791. Folio extra (400 mm; 16"). New Testament ONLY. [1] f., pp. [789]–1012; 19 plts.

Present here is the extracted New Testament from => the first folio Bible printed in America, from the press of the printer whom Ben Franklin called the "Baskerville of America." Being also only the fourth complete Protestant Bible in English printed in the former British colonies, its text is the standard King James version, printed in double-column format in roman type; and Thomas's production is famous for its typography, its achievement in size (the pages are 15.5" tall), and especially its illustrations. The plates (19 of them) were engraved by four of America's greatest artisans: J. Norman, Alexander Doolittle, Joseph H. Seymour, and Samuel Hill.
        "An alphabetical table of proper names" was planned but not printed, as indicated by the catchword on the final page; the table does appear in the quarto edition Thomas printed the same year. This volume does contain, at its end, the whole Bible's "Index to the Holy Bible" and its several "tables" of Weights, Measures, and Coins; Time; Offices and Conditions of Men; and Kindred and Affinity.

Hills 29; O'Callaghan 38; Herbert 1353; Rumball-Petre, Rare Bibles, 171; Evans 23186 Wright, Early Bibles of America, pp. 74–88. 18th-century mottled calf, nicely rebacked with edges of boards renewed and text block resewn. Old waterstaining from light to severe throughout, extending across text and image areas of plates with very variable impact; age-toning, occasional staining, and off-setting from plates in only the usual degrees. Lower margins display some notable chips and purposeful paper tear-aways, and a good many closed tears; only the latter reach sometimes into text (without loss). Several plates have had closed tears neatly repaired from the rear; the plate of Mary Magdalen and the final leaf of the last Table show OLD replacement of paper where original paper was torn away from blank areas; the copy retains the old dog-earings and page-creasings of long use, and bears pencillings on its final leaf. => A copy that has seen much happen to it, over its more than 200 years of existence; still, a sturdy, interesting, and imposing copy of this impressive early American New Testament.  (41520)   Please RESHELVE This.

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