A RARE LANDMARK IN BIBLICAL PRINTING: THE FIRST HEBREW BIBLE PRINTED IN ENGLAND, 1750, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND LARGE-PAPER COPY
HEBREW BIBLE. Biblia Hebraica Sine Punctis. Accurante Nath. Forster. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1750. Two volumes bound as one. Large quarto (9-1/2 by 12 inches), contemporary full red calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and boards, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Collation: p2 ?1 A-Hh4 Ii2 Kk-Nnn4 Ooo2; A-Sss4 Ttt2. $15,000.
First separate Hebrew Bible printed in England, very rare, preceded only by its appearance as part of the London Polyglot (1655-57). Large-paper copy, printed on thick paper and in a beautiful elaborate contemporary calf binding.
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 former. Darlow & Moule 5151. Rumball-Petre 260. ESTC T147721. Zedner, 102. Bookplate.
Interior quite clean, front inner hinge and free endpaper expertly repaired; contemporary calf beautiful with one small rub to rear panel. Rare.