“IF EVERYTHING ELSE IN OUR LANGUAGE SHOULD PERISH, IT WOULD ALONE SUFFICE…”: 1727 OXFORD KING JAMES BIBLE, IN HANDSOME FULL CONTEMPORARY BINDING
BIBLE. The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments… Oxford: John Baskett, 1727, 1726. Thick quarto, contemporary full black morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and paneled covers, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $4800.
Impressive 1727 Oxford quarto edition of the magisterial King James Bible, handsomely bound together with a 1726 Book of Common Prayer and Sternhold and Hopkins’ psalter in contemporary gilt-decorated morocco.
First published in 1611 and indisputably the most influential of English Bible translations, the King James Version has exercised incalculable influence on piety, language and literature. 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). With separate New Testament title page dated 1726. Includes Apocrypha. With 1726 Book of Common Prayer bound at the front, and 1723 edition of Sternhold and Hopkins’ psalter bound in at rear. Herbert 983. Griffiths 1726:3 (Book of Common Prayer).
Faint foxing to first few leaves; minor marginal dampstain affecting corners of last several leaves. Text generally quite clean and fine; unrestored contemporary morocco-gilt in excellent condition and quite lovely. An impressive 18th-century Bible.