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BIBLE
[Bible. English. Authorised. Macklin. 1800]
The Holy Bible. ...
London: printed for Thomas Macklin, by Thomas Bensley, 1800.
6 vols ; 46.6 cm. (2º)
I: [586] p., engr. frontis., engr. dedic., [13] pl.
II: [570] p., [12] pl.
III: [666] p., [1] pl.
IV: [474] p., [4] pl.
V: [318] p., engr. frontis., [29] pl.
VI: [408] p., [9] pl.

Title from half-titles, each of which bears a volume number. Imprint from title-pages. Unpaginated. Includes The Old Testament, embellished with engravings, from pictures and designs by the most eminent English artists (volumes I--IV) and The New Testament, embellished ... (volumes V--VI), each with separate titlepage and register, and with the title-page repeated at the start of each volume. A seventh volume containing the Apocrypha was issued in a similar form in 1816. The prospectus announcing 'Macklin's Bible: proposals for publishing by subscription, a magnificent Bible, in three large imperial quarto volumes. By Thomas Macklin, at Poets' Gallery, Fleet-Street' was issued in 1789. Macklin's sumptuous edition was the most ambitious Bible ever produced in Britain, using newly cut type and new paper; the plates, etchings and engravings dated 1791--1800 are by J. Heath, F. Bartolozzi, J. Fittler from designs by J.H. Fuseli, P.J. de Loutherbourg and others, and the total cost of the publication was estimated at £30,000. The engraved dedication to the King is dated 1791. With a list of subscribers in vol. I. ESTC t123175.

Copy Notes Some of the plates retain a tissue guard. Acquired per John Williams, 15 guineas as lot 165 at John Nash's sale, R.H. Evans, 15--20 July 1835 (q.v.). (Spiers Box, Purchases through personal friends; Curatorial papers: Bailey, outsize box 16). A few slips of paper with inscriptions in ink bearing brief quotations loosely inserted in each of the volumes in a hand resembling that of Mrs Soane; however, Eliza Soane died in 1815, so they cannot have been inserted by her. Loose in vol. VI is a folded sheet written in ink and headed References in the text / for which the designs of the vignettes have been composed which is a transcript of the list printed in the preliminaries to vol. I, possibly in the same hand.

Binding Early C19th diced russia, gilt roll-tooled Greek key and guilloche borders, gilt-tooled spine compartments, gilt-lettered spine-titles, gilt edges.

Reference Number 643


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