1631 Complete King James Bible with Prayer Book, Speeds Genealogies, Apocrypha and Psalter in a ornate gilded binding - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

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    1631 Complete King James Bible with Prayer Book, Speeds Genealogies, Apocrypha and Psalter in a ornate gilded binding
Size:  7" x 4.5" x 2" 
Publisher: Robert Barker, John Bill, London
VERY GOOD condition

Price: $1,745.00

The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New: Newly translated out of the Originall Tongues: and with the former translations diligently compared and reuised: By his Majesties speciall commandement. Appointed to be Read in Churches. London: Printed by Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings Most Excellent Majesty, and by the Assigns of John Bill, 1631.
preceded by
The Booke of Common Prayer, and administration of the Sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the Church : according to the use of the Church of England. London: Printed by Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings Most Excellent Majesty, and by the Assigns of John Bill, 1630.
also preceded by
The Genealogies Recorded in the Sacred Scriptures : according to every family and tribe : with the line of our Saviour Jesus Christ, observed from Adam to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Speed, John. [London] : [F. Kingston] cum privilegio, anno dom 1631.
Finishing With
The Whole Booke of Psalms, etc [Sternhold & Hopkins]. London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1631.

A scarce edition of the most influential and beloved version of the English King James Bible! First published in 1611 and indisputably the most influential of English Bible translations, the impact of the King James Version on piety, language and literature is incalculable. Combined with a complete Booke of Common Prayer, a complete engraved Genealogies (including the rare map), Both Testaments and the Apocrypha, as well as a complete Whole Book of Psalms, this is a true late 17th century compendium of English Religious Works that are important, inspiring and intrinsically and spiritually valuable, housed in an unforgettable ornate binding.

A rare and truly beautiful bible; this early seventeenth century King James Holy Bible is bound together with three additional works, all complete including title pages, many with ornate decor and woodcuts. Stout 8vo, bound in striking period gilt and red morocco gilt, ornately tooled with a variety of corner and central botanical devices and sprays, with a background of hatched gilt diamonds; the spine also ornately embellished with five raised bands and floral decor. Page edges gilt, with some colored gauffering to the edges, slightly faded. There is a large armorial presentation bookplate from Charles W G Howard (1814-1879), a well known British member of Parliament, dated 1877, presented from Right Honorable Sir David Dundas (1799 - 1877), Knight of Ochtertyre and a well known Scottish lawyer and politician (more below on both). Dundas has also signed the rear pastedown a few times .

VERY GOOD condition. Gorgeous engraved title pages for the Common Prayer as well as both Testaments of the Bible, as shown. Bound with pastedown. The text is printed in two columns in Latin font, with frequent notes and marginal commentary. Boards very well kept with ornate detailing still nice and bright, as shown; some minor edgewear and handling/rubbing. Spine with similar wear, very well kept. Front hinge/joint expertly rebacked many decades ago, forming a sturdy and strong, readable copy. The top and the bottom of the hinge in front with a slight split, as shown, but again, this has been restored and strengthened and is by no means at all displeasing or distracting from the beauty of the binding. The majority of the leaves quite bright and clean, a few with some minimal spot wear and similar age flaws. All firmly bound and every work 100% complete. Genealogies includes many engraved leaves and the rarely found 2 page map of Canaan. Whole Booke of Psalmes contains woodcut bordered title and printed music. Bible has illustrated headers to Genesis and Matthew, as well as KJV crest in front. BCP has ornate title page, the only leaf in the Bible with notable wear, as shown with a few chips and some ugly tape repairs. Rest of block is fantastic, no shaping or cropping.
A truly important Bible in a gorgeous fine ornate period binding. 
 
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