The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Newly 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

Oxford: Printed by John Baskett, Printer to the University, 1739. Pulpit Folio of the very scarce 1739 printing by John Baskett. Engraved title page printed in red and black with engraved vignette of ford buildings. Separate title page for the New Testament, printed in black. Engraved headbands, borders, and historiated letters. Text in double columns. Binding extremities lightly worn with some scuffing to covers. Lacking 1/4" of front free endpaper and terminal blank; front flyleaf and terminal blank have a small tear on each. Light foxing and light browning. Occasional small marginal tear, light offsetting and light soiling. Some brown staining at gutter margins in last few gatherings. Intermittent minor worming. A very good, highly presentable and well-preserved copy. Contemporary full black calf with decoratively gilt-tooled paneled covers. Eight-paneled, gilt-tooled spine with title lettered in gilt. Edges sprinkled red. Large, thick folio. [ ]2, a2-b2, A2-F1, A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa6-Yyy1, [2], A6-R4, S1. Item #16217

John Baskett (1664/5-1742) was an English stationer and printer. He was noted as supplying paper to the university press at Oxford from 1693 and from 1695 to 1717 he appears frequently in the Treasury book as John Baskett of a folio edition of Clarendon's History at Oxford. During 1716 and 1717 he printed an ambitious two-volume imperial folio Bible decorated with engravings by Hoffman, Du Bosc, and Vendergulcht. During his tenure at Oxford, Baskett published a total of twelve distinct editions of the Bible (Oxford DNB).

Herbert 1042. Not in Darlow and Moule. OCLC lists only two copies of the 1739 folio, which are in the U.K. (Cambridge University and University of Glasgow).

Price: $3,500.00

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