“AS FAMILIAR IN PRESBYTERIAN HOUSEHOLDS AS PILGRIM’S PROGRESS”: ILLUSTRATED LATE VICTORIAN EDITION OF JOHN BROWN’S SELF-INTERPRETING BIBLE, WITH 47 PLATES, HANDSOMELY BOUND
BIBLE. Brown's Self-Interpreting Family Bible. London: Gresham Publishing Company, circa 1900. Thick folio (10 by 12-1/2 inches), contemporary full burgundy morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and boards, raised bands, all edges gilt, brass clasps and catches. $1850.
Illustrated late Victorian family Bible— the beloved King James text, augmented by John Brown of Haddington’s comprehensive Bible study aids— with 48 plates, beautifully bound.
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). It is probably the text most commonly found in decorative family Bibles such as this one. The Rev. John Brown of Haddington was "a tirelessly faithful pastor"—"For eight months of the year he delivered a lecture, two sermons, and an exercise each Sunday"—and also a prolific author. He is best remembered for his Self-Intepreting Bible, first published 1778, which became "as familiar in Presbyterian households as John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and Thomas Boston's Human Nature in its Fourfold State" (DNB). Without Apocrypha.
Scattered foxing to text, elaborate binding in beautiful condition. A lovely Bible.