1848 · Chiswick
The only non-Greek New Testament published by Pickering. John Wycliffe (d. 1384) is revered as the first to translate the Bible into English — as opposed to Anglo-Saxon — and, though his heterodox religious opinions brought his translation (and those based on it) into disrepute at the time and well after, it circulated widely in manuscript. This grand => Pickering Press edition announces itself as being from an early manuscript ("ca. 1380") that was "formerly in the monastery of Sion Middlesex and late in the collection of Lea Wilson, F.S.A" (of Norwood), and of that manuscript an extensive description appears as the preface here.
Printed in => a very handsome and legible English black-letter gothic font on Pouncy handmade paper, this Pickering Wycliffe N.T. is => uncut, mostly unopened, and bears a red and black half-title and title-page, with a red and black version of the firm's printer's device incorporating the Aldine dolphin and anchor. The plate, which follows the half-title, depicts a page from the source manuscript, and the prefatory matter is printed in a handsome large roman.
Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Elizabeth Attwood on the front pastedown; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Keynes, Pickering, p. 81; Herbert 1868; NSTC 2W19213. Not in Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering; not in Pickering & Chatto, William Pickering (catalogue 708). On Wycliffe, see: Dictionary of National Biography, LXIII, 202–223. Quarter black roan in imitation of morocco and marbled paper–covered sides; rubbed with slight loss of leather and paper, corners bowed inward, front board with evidence of one-time crack (well repaired and now solid). Mild to occasional heavy foxing, with most leaves actually quite clean; light age-toning and typical offsetting from print to leaf opposite, throughout; one torn corner. Bookplate and label as above. => Good to work with and a pleasure to handle. (Inventory #: 38823)