The Holy Bible Containing The Old Testament And The New Testament….


Bound in original calf, gilt, spine rebacked and rear board replaced, new endpapers; front board has double gilt borders with blind stamped decoration, enclosing gilt inner panel, decorated in corners (blind stamped only on new rear board); spine divided into compartments with gilt decorated four line divisions and panels; black morocco label, decorated gilt. Extremities worn. Small tear to e2 of Prayer Book and pages b3-A4 repaired; missing sections and slight loss of text to tops of New Testament, L-L2. Armorial bookplate and inscription of Minerva Dickens.





Printed by John Hayes Printer to the Universitie, Cambridge.,




Bound with imperfect copies of the book of common prayer and the whole book of psalms, collected into english metre, by thomas sternhold, john hopkins ( also by hayes, cambridge, 1673).

Item Description

4to. 7 x 9 inches. The Holy Bible; The Old Testament. [478] leaves. A-A2, B-B8. C-2P4; Apocrypha, [88] leaves. A-I8; The New Testament, [148] leaves. A-S8, T-T4. Separate register for Apocrypha and separate title page and register for New Testament.
Bound with [Book of Common Prayer], [182] pp.(lacks title page) and with The Whole Book of Psalms, [116] pp. (prayers incomplete at end) [=1726 printed pages]. Main title page illustrated with architectural framework by John Chantrey; title pages have the University arms.


This 1673 Cambridge Bible includes the Apocrypha and is bound with a contemporary imperfect Book of Common Prayer and The Psalms. There are twelve pages of family records, which begin on the verso of the first free endpaper and continue on six pages at the beginning, at the end of the New Testament, on an additional page tipped on to the last printed page and on the next free endpaper. These manuscript additions record the White family (1697-1706), Dickens family (1787-1877), the Manning family (1757-64) and the Jones Family (1781-1874). There is an additional ownership inscription of John White of Sutton Rochford, Essex, Paternal Uncle to Mrs Manning, afterwards Mrs Fourdrinier at (on rear manuscript page), followed by Jones family comments on value of The Bible (1843) and a note of Mrs M. Jones journey to Smyrna to nurse the wounded soldiers, 1855. This copy of the Bible is therefore noteworthy for the hundred years of family records of the Dickens family that it includes (with some additional information on the Manning and Jones families): Minerva Dickens or Dickins was one of two children of John Henry Newman's maternal grandmother by her first marriage to a Mr Manning, who had died at an early age...Minerva, who had to be born not later than 1765, had married John Dickens, a coal merchant of Jamaica Wharf, Blackfriars. The youngest of their four children was Frederic...' (The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman's line version). In fact the additional family information contained in the Bible enables us to expand and enlarge this account. It records that Minerva Manning was born in 1763 and died as Minerva Dickins in 1840, aged 77. John and Minerva had six children, not four, but two daughters, both named Jane, died in infancy. The second Jane and Frederic are both recorded as having been born at New Jamaica Wharf in the Bible.

[Stock No. 20138]

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