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The Holy Bible.



The Holy Bible. Containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated out of the Original Tongues: and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised, By His Majesty's Special Command. Appointed to be Read in Churches.

4to. [276 x 181 x 69 mm]. Bound in contemporary dark purple goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a border of double fillets and intertwining arabesque plants, with the small arms of the Brewers' Company and Dame Alice Owen's School, lettered on the front "The Gift of the Worshipful Company of Brewers". The spine divided into six panels with raised bands and gilt compartments, lettered in the second, the others with a saltire, flowers and sprigs, the edges of the boards and turn-ins tooled with a gilt roll, pale yellow glazed endleaves, gilt edges.
Oxford: printed at the University Press, sold by E. Gardner and Son, at the Oxford Bible Warehouse, Paternoster Row, London; and by all Booksellers, 1866.

In fine condition. A very grand school prize binding. It is inscribed in ink on the front endleaf: "John Hendry / Lady Owen's School / 3rd June 1869 / John Hoare / Head master".

Dame Alice Owen's School was founded in Islington in 1613. Alice Owen (1547-1613) had purchased 11 acres of land to build a hospital and a school, in gratitude to God for saving her as a child when she narrowly avoided being struck by an arrow, which passed through her hat, in the fields in Islington. The first of her three husbands was a member of the Worshipful Company of Brewers, and she entrusted her foundations to the Company. The school began taking in girls in 1886, and moved to Potters Bar in 1973.

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