The Comprehensive Bible; Dedicated, By Permission, To His Most Gracious Majesty King George The Fourth, Containing The Old And New Testaments, According To The Authorized Version With The Various Readings And Marginal Notes Usually Printed Therewith:.


Bound in contemporary black morocco, gilt decorated spine, divided into compartments in the style of fleurons made from half-triangular tools placed together to form a square inverted to produce a diamond. Boards have dice pattern with decorated gilt borders and dentelles. Weak hinges and joints at front and first four leaves, including title page, are creased. A few small tears, including title page, not affecting text and light foxing. Occasional early annotations in pencil or neat ink Inscription on first free endpaper, Charlotte Augusta Salter, Nov.22nd.1842. On rear endpaper, facing the colophon, is list of errata, in ink and pencil, with note, sent to Bagster.





Printed for Samuel Bagster, Paternoster Row, at the Warehouse for Bibles, New Testaments, Prayer Books, and Psalters, in Ancient and Modern Languages: by Bagster and Thomas, Printers, Bartholomew Close, London.,




A general introduction, containing disquisitions on the genuineness, authenticity, and inspiration of the holy scriptures, - various divisions and marks of distinction in the sacred writings, - ancient versions, - coins, weights and measures, - various sects among the jews: introductions and concluding remarks to each book: the parallel passages contained in canne's bible; - dr. adam clark's commentary, 7 vols.; - rev. j.brown's self-interpreting bible. 2 vols., - dr. blayney's bible; - bishop wilson's bible, edited by crutwell; - rev. t. scott's commentary, 6 vols.; and the english version of bagster's polyglott bible, systematically arranged: philological and explanatory notes: table of contents, arranged in historical order: an analysis and compendium of the holy scriptures: a chronological index, interspersed with synchronisms of the most important epochs and events in profane history. an index of the subjects contained in the old and new testaments; and an index to the notes, introductions, and concluding remarks.

Item Description

4to. 8 x 10.5 inches. [4] + ii + [ii] + 1352 + xviii + xiii [indexes] + [1]. [4], a-m4, B-Z4, 2A-8N4. Printed in double columns.


Contains additional title page, The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, 6M2 (1827). COPAC records about a dozen copies; only two are in two volumes (and one in the USA, noted by Herbert). This copy contains no blank family register pages.
This Authorised Version of the 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 with two indexes and, it is said, contains 4000 illustrative notes with 500,000 marginal references.
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, although attacked by some as heterodox became very popular, especially among Unitarians. It was reprinted in both 1828 and 1829. 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 version.

[Stock No. 19820]

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