1715 · [Amsterdam?]
by Sternhold, Thomas; John Hopkins and others (The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre by); Nicolaes Visscher I; Joseph Moxon (Maps by)
[Amsterdam?]: NP, 1715. Hardcover. poor to vg. Folio (15 1/2 x 10"). 91, pp (The Book of Common Prayer); pp (Title page; Dedication; The Translators to the Reader; A Brief Table; The First Table; The Second Table; The Treasure of the Holy Scripture; The Names and Order of all the Books of the Old and New Testament, with the Number of their Chapters), 712pp (Old Testament), pp (Title), 160pp (The Books Called Apocrypha); 3-248pp (The New Testament); 54pp (Whole Book of Psalms Collected Into English Metre). Contemporary full calf, with gold lettering to spine. Marbled endpapers. Decorative woodcut initials and tailpieces. Book housed in a modern black cloth covered clamshell box, with gold lettering to spine. The King James' version, with the Geneva notes. The Bible starts with "The Book of Common Prayer" (1715), followed by The Old Testament ends on page 712; Apocrypha with separate title page inserted; The New Testament is lacking its title page and ends on page 248. Bible ends with the "Whole Book of Psalms Collected Into English Metre" (1715). (See Darlow & Moule, 731). This Bible is complete with its six copperplate maps by Nicolaes Visscher I, Amsterdam, and J. Moxon, London: - 1) Paradise, Or The Garden Of Eden. With the Countries circumjacent Inhabited by the Patriarchs: An early representation of the area comprised between present Egypt and Iran which locates the Garden of Eden on the Euphrates's banks in an area belonging now to Iraq. Combining actual and Biblical geography, it features several semi-mythical locations such as the Land of Nod, the Tower of Babel. In a vignette in the top right corner Adam and Eve standing by the Tree of Knowledge are being chased out of the lush Garden by an angel brandishing a sword. A similar example by Visscher is part of a series of five which was included in the Abraham van den Broeck's 1657 Dutch Staten Bible and would become basis for numerous other Biblical maps appearing through the 18th century, including those of Stoopendal, Krul and Moxon. - 2) Israels Peregrination, or the Forty Years Travels of the Children of Israel Out of Egypt Through the Red Sea, and the Wilderness into Canaan, or the Land of Promise: This map shows the Palestinian and Lebanese coast and depicts the Jews' passage through the Red Sea and the Sinai Desert. North is oriented to the right. At the bottom are vignettes displaying the encampment of the tribes flanked by Aaron and Moses as well as Temple vessels flanked by cherubs. Originally by Nicolaes Visscher, the map was translated into English by Joseph Moxon. - 3) A Map of all the Earth and how after the Flood it was Divided among the Sons of Noah: The map illustrates how the world was divided up among the sons of Noah after the Flood. It is centered on the Old World and only the place names are concentrated there. The rest of the world is shown only with continental outlines, rivers and lakes. The 'island' of California appears across the expansive Pacific Ocean where there are partial outlines for Australia and New Zealand. A series of vignettes surround the map illustrating the Creation and the Garden of Eden at top, with scenes from the Fall of Man to the Crucifixion of Christ at bottom. Two cartouches further decorate the sheet, including a dedication to Gilbert Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury. In between the two cartouches features Moxon's table of place names. - 4) Jerusalem: This detailed bird's-eye plan was one of the most popular plans of Jerusalem during the 17th century. While it is an imaginary plan, it provides great detail of the city walls and streets, with a numbered key to important religious sites. Solomon's Temple is at upper center and Herod's Palace is located at the far left. This is the last state with biblical scenes on the hillsides in the foreground. Originally by Nicolaes Visscher, the map was translated into English by Joseph Moxon. - 5) Canaan or the Land of Promise. Possesed by the children of Israel and Travelled through by our Saviour Jesus Christ and His Apostles: Map of the Holy Land as it appeared at the time of Jesus Christ, covers the Holy Land from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River. Vessels shows the voyage of the apostle Paul to Rome. The vignettes depicts numerous Biblical scenes, from the birth of Christ in Bethlehem to the ascent of Jesus. A large decorative title cartouche in the middle bottom flanked by allegorical figures. Originally created in 1642 by Nicolaes Visscher, this map was translated into English by Joseph Moxon. - 6) The travels of St Paul and other the apostles or a geographical description of those lands and countries where in the gospel of Christ was first progogated...newly corrected by Joseph Moxon. To the right reverend father in God Seth Lord Bishop of Salisbury this mapp is humbly dedicated by Joseph Moxon: Map showing the travels of St. Paul and apostles from Jerusalem to Rome. Nine panels surrounding the map depict various Bible scenes from the life of St. Paul. A dotted line indicates the track of the ship of the Apostle Paul on his route from Jerusalem to Rome. Also featured is the shipwreck off the island of Malta. Binding heavily rubbed with abrasion to leather. Both covers detached but present. Previous owner's gift inscription pasted on inside of front cover. Modern fly leaves. Title page of the Book of Common Prayer mostly chipped along edges, but expertly repaired. Pages 3-4 (Book of Prayer); 5-8 (Old Testament) trimmed along edges (not affecting lettering). Contemporary previous owner's inscription at verso of last leaf of the Book of Prayer. Lower margin of the Holy Bible's title page expertly repaired (not affecting lettering). Upper margin of page 703/704 partly chipped (not affecting lettering). The third map (Map of all the Earth and how after the Flood it was Divided among the Sons of Noah is foxed, has a few closed tears, is trimmed along edges and repaired at verso (not affecting lettering or illustration). Title page of the New Testament missing. Last leaf of the Book of Psalms age-toned, trimmed along edges (not affecting lettering), and repaired. Sporadic moderate to heavy foxing throughout. Clamshell box in overall very good, binding in poor, interior in fair to good+ condition.
(Inventory #: 43192)