The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New (1701, folio lectern Bible in original binding) - the first Bible to cite the central chronological event as Christ's birth, marking time as either 'Before Christ' or 'Anno Domini'

The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New...
The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New...
The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New...
The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New...
The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New...
The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New...
The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New...
The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New...
The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New...

London: Charles Bill and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, Published 1701, King James version, lectern folio (18.75 inches, 47.5 cm), in contemporary dark brown full calf with heavily gilt decorated spine with a pattern of gilt filigreed semi-circles and handsome stars between each hub, boards spangled with gilt stars, central gilt arabesque and unusual stippled gilt rules in patterns reminiscent of Samuel Mearne's cottage-style gilt binding designs of a decade or two before this. Very good, with light restoration to front joint, front inner hinge neatly strengthened with dyed cloth, front flyleaf somewhat worn at the edges, first blank filled out with 19th century geneaological notes on the Warrick family of Kent, first page of Genesis with long repaired tear, p. 424 with short reparable tear, foxing and toning to text. With engraved general title page and letterpress title page for the New Testament. Collates complete with (14) 1456 (20) pp, including a long essay The Translators to the Reader. 'In this edition the date of the Nativity is taken as the central event in history, and--apparently for the first time in any English Bible--the years are reckoned as either 'Before Christ' or 'Anno Domini' --Herbert 868. Very Good.

Item #H3676

Price: $2,000.00