London: Robert Barker...by the Assignes of John Bill, 1633. Very Early Elizabethan Printing. Tooled leather. 12mo, original tooled leather 17th century binding, engraved frontispiece, very closely cut borders, all edges gilded, original green silk page divider, [viii blank] + ~ 524 + [vi blank] pages.
THE NEW TES_/
Of our Lord and /
S A V I O V R /
- Jesus Christ
Newly translated out of the /
Originall Grrek : and /
with the former transla- /
tions diligently compared /
and revised , by his Maie- /
sties special commande- /
Imprinted at London /
By Robert Barker, Printer /
to the Kings most Excel- /
lent Majesty, and by /
the Assignes of John Bill,
Cum privilegia. Very Good + / Custom Case. Item #156
A GEM! In an original tooled leather binding, no less. Beautiful clear type. Minimal wear.
Some pages so closely cropped by the printer that the chapter headings at the top have been partially excised, though not the text.
In order to ensure its proper long-term preservation, we commissioned Scott Kellar, distinguished Chicago bookbinder and restorer, to make minor professional repairs and to construct a protective box for this already
Exceptional and Rare tiny edition of the Authorized King James version of the New Testament.
Finely bound in contemporary tan embossed calf over wooden boards, richly gilt to spine. four hubs, and boards. Marbled pastedowns & endpaper. a.e.g. and gauffered. Spine very slightly rubbed with partial loss of caps at head and foot (restored and almost invisible). Edges of engraved title page reinforced; overall a fine copy.
Ink inscriptions on two front free endpapers naming "Edmund James Gore" & his London addresses.
The continental binding on this small format Authorized version MAY suggest that it might be a pirated edition of the English Bible pirated in Amsterdam. For example, the Stam printing family were printing small format Bibles in 1673-- after our publication (see Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, IV, p.467).
Herbert 713-14, Wing B2511A.