"THE KING JAMES VERSION IS THE BIBLE OF THE HEART": HANDSOMELY BOUND VICTORIAN EDITIONS OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE AND THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
BIBLE. The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments. WITH: The Book of Common Prayer. London / Oxford: Eyre & Spottiswoode / At the University Press, circa 1872/ 1872. Two volumes. 12mo, contemporary full dark brown morocco gilt, raised bands, all edges gilt, brass clasps and catches. Housed in a custom locking case. $1650.
Mid-19th century editions of the venerable King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer, with five color maps in the Bible, in handsome matching bindings with brass clasps and catches.
First published in 1611, the King James Version of the Bible has exercised an incalculable impact on piety, language and literature throughout the English-speaking world. "Other translations may engage the mind, but the King James Version is the Bible of the heart" (Campbell, 275). Gift inscriptions dated 1872.