1633 · Londini [i.e., Leiden]
Surprise" Elzevir New Testament with an interesting production history: Darlow and Moule note that this "London, Whittaker" text was printed by the Elzevir press in Leyden and later sold under their name in 1641, with all but four passages — three of these taken from the 1576 H. Stephanus' edition — matching the second Elzevir edition of 1633. The supplementary notes, indeed by R. Whittaker, come however from the 1622 Greek Testament printed by J. Bill of London. Notes by Robert Estienne, Joseph Juste Scaliger, and Isaac Casaubon follow the New Testament.
The text is pleasingly printed in two columns using Greek type with numbered verses and woodcut initials at the start of each book; the dedication and some notes appear in Latin with woodcut initials and one decorative headpiece. One of the Elzevirs' "Non solus" printer's devices also appears on the title-page, and this is the edition where *4v contains the last line: "tem opportunitatis . . . Vale."
Binding: 18th-century black morocco, spine gilt with spiky-floral compartment stamps surrounded by frames of rules and dots; covers framed in gilt and blind with roll of scallops, dashes, and fillets and with same spine ornament gilt at corners. Turn-ins with gilt floral roll a little extending onto board edges, double-combed marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
Provenance: On front free endpaper, 18th-century inked signature of Charles Mays (or Mayo or Mayor) and 19th-century gift inscription "Charles H. Roberts M.A. from Fred Renshaw(e)"; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
ESTC S90878; Darlow & Moule 4680; STC (rev. ed.) 2798.5; Willems 397. Bound as above, rubbed, hinges (inside) starting to crack, the whole still attractive and the volume strong; text with the occasional spot, very faint waterstaining through perhaps a third of the text, and top edges closely trimmed touching headers on a few leaves. Provenance indicia as above, later pencilled bibliographical citations on front free endpaper, and "1633" on endpaper in ink. => A production both erudite and aesthetically pleasing. (Inventory #: 38430)