FOURTEEN-VOLUME ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE, HANDSOMELY BOUND
BIBLE. The Holy Bible. Boston: R.H. Hinkley (Merrymount Press), . Fourteen volumes. Octavo, original full tan morocco, raised bands, beveled edges, top edges gilt, uncut and partly unopened. $4200.
"Hand-made Paper Edition" of the Authorized (King James) Version of 1611, number 140 of only 480 copies, containing both Testaments and the Apocrypha, illustrated with 70 engravings and photogravures after paintings by notable artists.
Unquestionably the most influential of English Bible translations, the Authorized Version's impact on piety, language and literature is incalculable. This edition presents the canonical and apocryphal books without verse numbers and with chapter numbers in the running heads only, allowing readers to experience undistracted the text that, "if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power" (PMM 114). To enhance the classic text, each volume contains an engraved frontispiece and four more engraved plates after classic works by such prominent artists as Bida, Doré, Las Casas, Picart, Raphael, Rubens, Sargeant and Veronese.
A few expert paper repairs of roughly opened leaves, just two plates expertly cleaned. A lovely Bible in beautiful condition.