EARLY 18TH-CENTURY KING JAMES BIBLE IN BEAUTIFUL CONTEMPORARY MOROCCO-GILT
BIBLE. The Holy Bible, Containing The Old Testament and the New. London: John Baskett, 1718, 1719. Octavo, contemporary full black morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and covers, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $2500.
Early 18th-century Bible printed by John Baskett, beautifully bound in contemporary morocco-gilt.
First published in 1611, the King James Bible is "the only literary masterpiece ever to be produced by a committee"; Macaulay praised it as "a book, which if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power" (PMM 114). Unquestionably the most influential of English Bible translations, the Authorized Version's impact on piety, language and literature is incalculable. This edition with Apocrypha inserted, as called for by Herbert, and separate New Testament title page, dated 1719. Darlow & Moule 740. Herbert 947.
Expert restoration to spine ends and one rear corner. A lovely Bible in contemporary morocco-gilt, with only light age-wear, in excellent condition.