1800 · London
by Bible in English [The Macklin Bible]
London: Printed for Thomas Macklin by Thomas Bensley, 1800. First Edition. First edition of The Macklin Bible, a masterpiece of book design that has been called "the last of the great Bibles." Complete in six volumes. Elephant folios 19" in height, 15.5" in width, spines typically around 2.5". Full red morocco, covers with elaborate gilt borders, spine with double raised bands gilt in seven compartments, all edges gilt, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. Sturdy bindings are holding well despite the demands of the heavy textblocks. Very Good, ex-libris from the John Wilson Collection of Multnomah County Library with small bookplates on paste downs, a few penciled notes to versos of title pages but otherwise unmarked. Wide margins. Bindings scuffed and soiled, rubbed along joints, wear at heads and tails. Contents generally bright with typical offsetting from engravings; many tissue guards still present. Handwritten 2pp. 1889 note from London bookseller Henry Sotheran tipped-in to Vol. 1, wherein he apologizes for the lack of The Apocrypha, which was published in 1816. A tremendous, lovely picture book with remarkable full-page engravings, engraved chapter heads, and text in double columns with Roman font, 29 lines to the full column. Reading it is an immersive physical and mental experience. Please note that this set will require substantial additional shipping charges if mailed outside of the United States. Contact us for further details..
(Inventory #: 140943722)