BEAUTIFUL THREE-VOLUME 1795 BIBLE, WITH LOVELY ENGRAVED PLATES AFTER THE OLD MASTERS
BIBLE. The Holy Bible Ornamented with Engravings by James Fittler From Celebrated Pictures by Old Masters. The Letter Press By Thomas Bensley. London: Published by R. Bowyer and J. Fittler, 1795. Three volumes. Quarto, contemporary full red straight-grain morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, black and olive morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $4200.
First edition of James Fittler’s "Cabinet Bible," beautifully illustrated with engraved calligraphic title pages and 64 engraved plates after Durer, Rembrandt, Rubens, Vandyck, Correggio, Poussin, and other Old Masters, beautifully bound in full contemporary morocco-gilt.
This "Cabinet Bible" was the first to feature engraved plates by James Fittler, the distinguished 18th-century artist, an associate of the Royal Academy and marine engraver to George III; letterpress by Thomas Bensley. With the famous misprint "Let the children first be killed" (instead of "filled") at Mark vii, 27. Herbert 1394. Darlow & Moule 961. Bookplate.
Interiors quite clean with only occasional foxing, chiefly marginal; contemporary finely gilt-decorated morocco in excellent condition. A lovely illustrated Bible.