The Comprehensive Bible; Containing The Old And New Testaments, According To The Authorized Version,




Samuel Bagster and Sons, 15, Paternoster Row.




[n.d. but c. 1859]


With the various readings and marginal notes usually printed therewith; a general introduction...introductory and concluding remarks to each book: the parallel passages...systematically arranged with numerous philological and explanatory notes...

Item Description

4to. 9.5 x 12 inches. vi + [ii] + 99 + 1338 pp. + xlvi. Separate title page for New Testament but register and pagination are continuous. 4 pages, originally blank for Family Register between Old and New Testaments. Bound in ornamental morocco tooled in blind, spine in compartments with raised bands, tooled and gilt. Bevelled edges. All edges gilt, inner dentelles. Extremities a little worn and small blue ink stains, pp.4-5, but otherwise a fine clean copy. Leather presentation label, gilt, to William Dennant from friends at Providence Chapel, Islington Green, 1859, on front pastedown. Early ink inscription on verso of first free endpaper and recent on second free endpaper (1993). Family register of Dennant family, 1811-60 Illustrated by folding table of chronology at end of introduction and coloured map of Palestine at beginning of New Testament. Decorated by publisher's device on title page. A large format Bible with introduction and extensive notes in an up market binding. This King James Bible was edited by William Greenfield (1799-1831), a gifted philologist, who became editorial superintendent of the British and Foreign Bible Society in 1830, deploying his formidable command of European and oriental languages. It is the result of his intensive study of languages and of biblical criticism, including an extensive scholarly introduction and notes, with three indexes. The bible was published by Samuel Bagster the elder (1772-1851). A successful bookseller, he turned his attention in 1816, to the production of polyglot bibles and those in English with printed notes as the monopoly on production to the king's printers and the two universities, did not apply to these categories. The collaboration with Greenfield began in 1822 and the Comprehensive Bible was first published in 1827. a The firm's motto, Multae terricolis linguae, coelistibus una / Many tongues for those on earth, one for those in heaven, believed to be by Greenfield, appears on the title page. Good copy of an influential and scholarly edition of the Authorised [King James] version.

[Stock No. 26572]

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