1633 · Lugduni Batavorum
Syston Park copy of the editio recepta of Beza's text, following the first Elzevir edition of 1624 and largely agreeing with the octavo edition of 1565. Greek New Testaments were a staple of the renowned Elzevir family of printers, and Willems declares that of the three printed by the Leyden Elzevirs, "celle-ci est la plus belle et la plus recherchée." => It was in the preface to this edition that this text was first labelled "Textus Receptus."
After the preface, the text is printed entirely in Greek, except for Latin chapter headings in the table of contents; verse numbers are given in the inner margin of each page. The title-page features the printer's woodcut device of a man picking grapes from a vine on a tree and the motto "Non solus."
Binding: 18th-century crimson straight-grain morocco, covers framed in dotted gilt rules, board edges and turn-ins with dotted gilt rule, spine similarly ruled and with gilt-stamped title. All edges gilt and a light blue silk ribbon placemarker still present. Almost certainly done by => Roger Payne, Syston Park's preferred binder.
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplates of H. Walter Webb and Syston Park (i.e., the famous => Syston Park Library, collected at Lincolnshire by Sir John Hayford Thorold, Bart., and his predecessors); front free endpaper with bookplate of Leila Howard Codman; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. The Sotheby's catalogue of the Syston Park sale suggests that the present copy was Sir John's duplicate, this example having marbled endpapers rather than the "silk linings" described in another copy.
Darlow & Moule 4679; Willems 396. Bound as above, spine slightly dimmed. Bookplates as above; front free endpaper and fly-leaf with affixed slips of old cataloguing and pencilled annotations. Pages clean. => A nice copy with pleasing, in fact prestigious, provenance. (Inventory #: 37819)