“AS FAMILIAR IN PRESBYTERIAN HOUSEHOLDS AS PILGRIM’S PROGRESS”: ILLUSTRATED LATE VICTORIAN EDITION OF JOHN BROWN’S SELF-INTERPRETING BIBLE
BIBLE. Brown's Self-Interpreting Family Bible. London: John G. Murdoch, circa 1875. Thick folio (9-1/2 by 13 inches), contemporary full dark brown morocco, beveled edges, all edges gilt, brass trim, clasps and catches. $1600.
Illustrated late Victorian family Bible— the beloved King James text, augmented by John Brown of Haddington’s comprehensive Bible study aids— with a total of 36 plates (25 in color) handsomely 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, which has a total of 36 plates, including an engraved title page, a 12-page family register, the Lord's Prayer, two maps and nine other plates all printed in color.
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. Separate New Testament title page.
Scattered foxing to text, binding very handsome with elaborate brass clasps and catches.