"THIS MOST POPULAR OF ENGLISH COMMENTARIES": HANDSOMELY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED FAMILY BIBLE, WITH REV. MATTHEW HENRY'S POPULAR COMMENTARY AND 128 ENGRAVED PLATES
(BIBLE) (HENRY, Matthew, commentary). The Family Devotional Bible. London: J. and F. Tallis, circa 1880. Three volumes. Quarto, contemporary full plum pebbled morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, red morocco spine labels, all edges gilt. $2200.
Illustrated Victorian family Bible—the beloved King James text, with Reverend Matthew Henry's notes and reflections—with engraved extra title pages and 128 engraved plates after paintings by Old Masters as well as 19th-century British artists, three quarto volumes very 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). The Presbyterian Reverend "Matthew Henry's most celebrated and enduring work was his Exposition of the Old and New Testament, 'distinguished… for the sound practical piety, and large measure of good sense, which it discovers'… [Originally published in the early 18th century], Henry's commentary gained great popularity, and by 1855 twenty-five editions had been published, with further editions in the modern period, including an electronic version on the world wide web" (ODNB). "This most popular of English commentaries was frequently reprinted in the 18th and 19th centuries" (Herbert, 241). This edition of the Bible includes Henry's Exposition in the footnotes as his "Reflections" on each chapter. With separate New Testament title page. With Apocrypha. Family register in Volume I filled in on recto and verso, with dates ranging from 1816 to 1920.
Some scattered foxing. A few light rubs to extremities of bindings, with a bit of expert color restoration. A handsome, near-fine illustrated Bible.