19TH-CENTURY ILLUSTRATED BIBLE IN WELSH, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND
BIBLE. Bibl yr Addoliad Teuluaidd. London and New York: London Printing and Publishing Company, circa 1880. Thick folio (11-1/2 by 16 inches), period-style full dark purple pebbled morocco, tooled in gilt and blind, raised bands, brass name plate on front cover, brass clasps and catches, all edges gilt. $3500.
Victorian edition of the "Family Worship Bible" in Welsh, with engraved vignette title page, frontispiece, and 45 folio engraved illustrations, beautifully bound with brass furniture.
As with many vernacular translations, the rendering of the Bible into Welsh was important to the survival of the language. Recognizing Welsh as a liturgical language helped ensure its continued use as a means of everyday communication down to the present day, despite the pressure of English. Not in Darlow & Moule.
Fine condition, splendidly bound.