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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

The Bible.

[HOLY BIBLE].

The Bible. Translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best translations in divers languages. With most profitable annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance, as may appeare in the epistle to the reader. And also a most profitable concordance for the readie finding out of any thing in the same conteyned].

New Testament title-page within architectural border, with Barker's woodcut device printed in three places.

4to. [220 x 165 x 80 mm]. [45], 432, 443-444, [4], 441-554, [92] ff. Bound c.1680 in calf over thick boards, the covers tooled in blind with a double fillet border, inner panel of a solid and dotted fillet with a large flower tool at the outer corners, mitred to an inner panel of a floral roll. The spine divided into six panels with raised bands and blind compartments, plain endleaves, red sprinkled edges. (Rubbed).
[London: by Christopher Barker, printer to the Queenes most excellent Maiestie, 1585]

STC 2144. The Geneva version.

Lacking the general title-page and the following eight leaves, including the calendar. It opens with leaf A2 of Morning Prayer and is thereafter complete, including the New Testament title-page which is dated 1585. The outer lower corner of the fourth leaf in the New Testament has been torn way with loss of c.55 x 100 mm and a number of lines from "The name and order of all the Bookes". It is quite closely cut at the fore-edge and there are a few short marginal tears and stains, including a light damp-stain in "Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances, or large and ample Tables Alphabeticall" (which has a separate undated title-page and register).

At the end is bound The Whole Booke of Psalmes collected into English meetre by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others, conferred with the Hebrue, with apt Notes to sing them withall. Set forth and allowed to be song in all Churches, of all the people together before and after Morning and Evening Prayer: as also before and after Sermons and moreover in private houses, for their godly solace and comfort, laying apart all ungoldly songes, and balades, which tend onely to the nourishing of vice, and corrupting of youth.

Large woodcut device on the title.

4to. [5]ff, [90]pp.
London: printed by the Assigns of Richard Day, 1585

STC 2470a. Lacking leaf D8 and five leaves from the final signature G. The surviving four leaves at the end are torn and frayed at the foot with some loss and there is some light damp-staining and soiling throughout. Closely cut at the head affecting the first word of the title and some headings and page numbers. Despite the defects, which mostly appear to have occurred before the volume was rebound in c.1680, it is a good copy. It belonged to John Warden of Butler's Green and Cuckfield in Sussex, who has signed his name in a number of places, the last dated 1728, and written the records of family births and deaths at the front. His eldest son John was born in 1680 and worked for Charles Sergison (1655-1732) in the Navy Office, before dying of small pox and scarlet fever in 1701. Sergison lived at Cuckfield Place from 1693 until his death, and the bulk of his estate passed to Thomas Warden, who had married one of his nieces. John's other children were Mary (b.1682), who may have inherited the Bible as there is an inscription "Mary Spelbury her Booke", George (1686-1715), Thomas (1695), Matthew (1696-97) and Francis (b.1700).

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