A RARE LANDMARK IN BIBLICAL PRINTING: THE FIRST HEBREW BIBLE PRINTED IN ENGLAND, 1750
HEBREW BIBLE. Biblia Hebraica Sine Punctis. Accurante Nath. Forster. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1750. Two volumes bound as one. Quarto, 19th-century full navy polished calf gilt, raised bands, burgundy morocco spine label, marbled endpapers and edges. Collation: p2 ?1 A-Hh4 Ii2 Kk-Nnn4 Ooo2; A-Sss4 Ttt2.
First separate Hebrew Bible printed in England, very rare, preceded only by its appearance as part of the London Polyglot (1655-57). Beautifully bound.
Edited by Nathaniel Forster—"a scholar and preacher of the highest order" and later a chaplain to King George II (DNB)—this Bible contains the Pentateuch in Volume I and the Former and Latter Prophets and Writings in Volume II. Text in unpointed Hebrew, based on van der Hooght's 1705 edition, with titles and chapter heads in Latin. Issued on "large paper" and "common paper," of which this is the latter. Darlow & Moule 5151. Rumball-Petre 260. ESTC T147721. Zedner, 102. Bookplate.
With the occasional marginal ink smudge or dampstain, inner hinges expertly reinforced, a few minor rubs to binding. An excellent copy of this scarce edition, handsomely bound.