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Banke’s Bible, 1791

Banke’s Bible, 1791

The Christian’s New and Complete Family Bible: Or, Universal Library of Divine Knowledge. Containing the Sacred Texts of the Old and New Testaments, with the Apocrypha, at Large. Illustrated with notes and annotations... etc etc.... By the Rev. Thomas Bankes. London. Undated, but consensus is 1790/1791. 

Full rebound red calf binding with preserved original title plate. New endpapers. Mild sunning of spine. Scattered minute scuffs and faint thin curvilinear ink marks on front board. Frontis present. Title page reads “embellished with upwards of three hundred and fifty engravings.” This suggests the contents of individual volumes may have varied, but this copy is certainly copiously illustrated with engravings. Text block is clean and crisp. Engravings are bright with minimal foxing. Margins remain large. Attractively set in Roman font, with the notes at the bottom of each leaf being slightly smaller. Binding is tight throughout however front hinge is cracking behind the title page. The index at the rear ends after the ninth entry under the letter T—as have all other copies of this Bible which I have had opportunity to inspect! (If this is coincidence it is remarkable. I suspect the Bible was released from the printer without its final leaves). A wonderful folio King James Version family Bible measuring approximately 15 ½ x 10 x 3 inches. Herbert 1341, which gives the date as “1790?” 

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