1700 · London
by Taylor, J(ohn)
London: Tho. James, 1700. The presence of the woodcut frontispiece portrait of the Duke of Gloucester makes this the first illustrated Thumb Bible. It precedes the dated edition of 1701 and is not recorded in Adomeit. This is the first James printing (before which the printer was alive) with the first dedication to the Duke of Gloucester who died in 1700. The English Nonconformist minister and hymn-writer Philip Doddridge's copy, with a gift inscription presenting the book to him in 1709. A friend of Isaac Watts, Doddridge's work in making Biblical texts accessible lends a certain poignancy to this Thumb Bible, which he would have read at the age of seven.
The Third Edition with amendments. 32mo.,  ll. Insignificant wear to spine ends and corners, else a remarkably well-preserved copy in contemporary, black crushed morocco, gilt, with the original clasp. A.e.g. (Wing T527; Welsh 1179). (2 3/8 by 1 7/8; 54x49 mm).
(Inventory #: 29984)