Wellington: Printed & sold by F. Houlston & Son, [n.d., circa 1817]. Sixth edition. The first edition was printed in London in 1772. All editions are scarce, with OCLC recording three copies or less of the first, fifth, sixth, and seventh editions (and no copies of the second, third or fourth). Woodcut frontispiece of Adam and Even in the Garden and twenty-seven woodcuts illustrating other important Biblical events and figures. Binding extremities rubbed, worn, and a bit soiled. Front pastedown lacking, front flyleaf loose. Slight foxing, the occasional minor stain or smudge, not affecting legibility. Contemporary(?) ink signature and date on recto of preliminary blank. A good copy of a scarce, fragile book. Publisher’s marbled paper-covered boards sewn together, spine perished. Twentyfourmo. 95 pp. Item #16597
The Pocket Bible includes abridged stories from both the Old and New Testaments. Its purpose is stated in the Preface, which is addressed to the “parents of little children”: “…the Bible, as appointed to be read in Churches, is too copious and mysterious a volume for the comprehension of young children: therefore, to obviate this difficulty, the following Compendium of the Holy Bible has been compiled…in which the utmost care has been taken as well as not to omit any material event, as to avoid perverting, in anywise, the doctrines contained in the inestimable Divine Original” (pp. vii-viii).
OCLC records only two copies of the present edition, at UC Riverside and Indiana University. COPAC records a total of three copies, including two at Oxford and Trinity College Dublin, and the present edition at the British Library.