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THE HOLY BIBLE [RED-RULED, WITH DATED FORE-EDGE PAINTING].
containing the Old and New Testaments Newly Translated out of ye Originall Tongues & wth. the Former Translations diligently compared and revised.

Description:
WITH : The Psalms of David in Meeter. Bound at the end. In early calf with a later sewn chemise of green straight-grain morocco, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt, entirely red-ruled, with a fore-edge painting of a central heart containing the words - As the hart panteth after the water brooks Psalm 42 1659 - flanked to each side by a recumbent hart, and flowers in red and blue, the general title is a bit dusty and chipped at the fore-edge but mostly in very good condition.

*HERBERT #648 variant B - General title with 'ye Old', no colophon. FORE-EDGE PAINTING as a form of book decoration dates, in England, as far back as the fourteenth century. These examples show the image painted directly onto the book-block and thus always visible. The so-called 'disappearing' fore-edge painting is painted onto the fanned surface of the block and then gilded. It only becomes visible when the book is fanned again. The earliest known example dates to 1649. These paintings are rarely signed or dated, the earliest known English example is found on a 1651 Bible and is dated 1653. The example offered here has the distinction of being exceptionally early for the genre and of being dated. In addition, it has the attraction of being red-ruled throughout.

Printed by John Field one of his Highnes's (sic) Printers.

Date Published: 1655. 12mo.

Stock No. 61696

Price: 3,000.00

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