The Complete Family Bible, Pulpit size folio in early 19th century reverse calf
The Complete Family Bible, Containing the Sacred Text of the Old and New Testaments, with the Apocrypha at Large, Illustrated with notes and annotations selected from the writings of Poole, Henry, Brown, Clarke, Wesley, and other eminent divines. Embellished with numerous superb engravings. Manchester. Undated, but first half of 19th century.
An imposing folio Bible in brown reverse calf binding with black title plate on spine. Marbled page edges. Frontispiece present. Text block clean, bright, and tight, with margins retained. Minimal foxing. Set in a large Roman font with sparse notes in a smaller font at bottom of each leaf (possibly an unauthorized copy printed with intent of these notes being trimmed off prior to binding? See Christopher de Hamel’s The Book A History of the Bible pages 253 – 254, Phaidon Press, 2001). Indexes and tables at rear. Among the commentators alluded to on the title page are Matthew Poole, Matthew Henry, and John Brown of Haddington. Leather has mild to moderate scuffing. Some chipping at corners. Probable 20th century restoration with new marbled end papers and repaired internal hinges. Measures approximately 17 ¼ x 11 ½ x 3 ¾ inches. A heavy volume.
Hand-written birth records on front fly leaf begin with 1804 and end with 1846 before the penmanship changes to a new writer recording dates from 1873 to 1884, (and ends with a death record, in a very different hand, on the verso of 1908).