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102 engraved plates designed for The Rev. Dr. Southwell's Universal Family Bible.


102 engraved plates designed for The Rev. Dr. Southwell's Universal Family Bible.

Engraved by Grignion, Walker, Taylor, White, Rennoldson, Royce, Fougeron, Sharp, Page, Roberts, Proud, Collyer, Ryder, Chesham and Smith after Wale, Lairesse, Merano, Restout, Rubens, Le Sueur, Hoet, Beluzi, Luyken, Picart, Le Brun, Marrett, Domenichino, Verdier, Vanloo, Werner, Trevisani, Elligers, Bourdon, Muller, Baumgartner, Conty, Grassi, Silomena, Roos, Balestra, Veronese, Jouvenet, Fosse, Audrian, Tintoret, Dieu, Carloni, Caracchie, Cazes, Thornhill, Cortona, Coypet, Corneille and D'Urbin.

Folio. [387 x 240 x 30 mm]. Bound in contemporary quarter calf, marbled paper covered boards with remains of vellum corners, the spine divided into seven panels with bands flanked with a gilt fillet, plain endleaves and edges. (Neat repairs to joints, sides rubbed with two small abrasions on rear).

[London: 1773?]

Each of the plates is numbered by hand in ink at the head. The number 45 is missing, but there is no sign that a plate has been removed and it may have been an error by the paginator as the last plate is numbered 103, and the two copies of the Bible that we have seen contain only 102 plates [although could be frontispiece to vol.2, showing Cromwell presenting the first English translation of the Bible to Henry VIII]. The Bible was advertised as "embellished with one hundred elegant copper-plates executed from original designs, and capital foreign paintings". Three of the plates are maps, one illustrates the Tabernacle and the other 98 are Biblical scenes in elaborate frame borders. There are old repairs to plates 54 and 73, plates 24 and 25 have short tears at the foot, and there are a few spots and minor stains.

Darlow and Moule / Herbert 1225 places the Bible under the date 1773, when it was first published in weekly numbers by John Cooke. It was reissue by Cooke in two volumes in 1774, and again in 1775, 1776 and 1777, with a further edition published by Charles Cooke in c.1800. The Rev. Henry Southwell, rector of Asterby in Lincolnshire, lent his name to the work for a fee of 100 guineas. The real compiler was Robert Sanders (1727-1783), a hack-writer with a fair knowledge of Hebrew and Greek, who received 25 shillings a sheet. The many editions of the Bible reportedly netted the publishers £30,000.

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Price: £750