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 black morocco, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut and largely unopened. $4000.
Fine 14-volume illustrated edition of the Authorized (King James) Version of 1611, containing both Testaments and the Apocrypha, with 56 engravings and photogravures after paintings by notable artists, handsomely bound.
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 three more engraved plates after classic works by such prominent artists as Bida, Doré, Las Casas, Picart, Raphael, Rubens, Sargeant, Martin and Veronese.
A lovely illustrated Bible in excellent condition.