RICHLY ILLUSTRATED WITH DESIGNS AFTER THE ITALIAN MASTERS: "THE PRESTIGIOUS NEW TESTAMENT PUBLISHED BY LONGMAN," IN HANDSOME ORIGINAL MOROCCO-GILT BINDING BY RIVIERE, 1865
BIBLE—NEW TESTAMENT. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1865. Quarto, original full red morocco, spine and covers gilt- and blindstamped, raised bands, all edges gilt.
First trade edition of this richly illustrated edition of the New Testament, with 60 full-page wood-engravings after the paintings of Italian masters such as Fra Angelico, Raphael and Titian, each page ornamented with lovely elaborate wood-engraved borders, initials, tailpieces, and medallions by Henry Shaw, handsomely bound in original full morocco-gilt by Riviere.
This finely printed edition features fine full-page wood-engravings after paintings by Fra Angelico, Pietro Perugino, Francesco Francia, Lorenzo di Credi, Fra Bartolommeo, Titian, Raphael, Gaudenzio Ferrari, Daniel di Volterra and others, additionally ornamented with borders, initials, tailpieces and medallions on every page. "The initial letters and all the decorative portions were designed or drawn on wood by Henry Shaw, and the figure illustrations drawn and engraved under his supervision" (Herbert). The antiquary and illuminator Shaw "provided initials and ornament for the prestigious New Testament published by Longman in 1864 with engravings of works by artists from Fra Angelico to Raphael" (ODNB). Originally published in a limited edition of 250 large-paper copies in 1864. Herbert 1951.
A beautifully illustrated and handsomely bound volume in fine condition.