London: Printed for Bellamy and Roberts, 1792. Four volumes bound in six. Quarto. Contemporary unlettered calf, marbled endsheets, spines gilt. Plates and maps (some folding). Institutional bookplate and early gift inscriptions, hinges cracked but still holding, spine ends chipped, scattered foxing and tanning, burn scar to lower board of first volume, scrape to spine of sixth volume. Still, a sound, useful set, amenable to cosmetics. First edition of Thomas Scott's edition of the English Bible, first published in 174 weekly numbers spanning 1788-92. The enterprise contributed to the bankruptcy of the publisher, and Scott was saddled with considerable debt, but his commentary has been described as "the greatest theological performance of our age and country" - Sir James Stephen (quoted by Herbert). The title calls for a Concordance and accompaniments, which does not appear in this set -- according to Herbert it is usually the separate 3rd edition of Powell's 1792 concordance and was published as a separate accompaniment in quarto format, and in 8vo both as standalones. Given the binding configuration of this set (it usually appears in four volumes), it is possible that this set was bound up from the parts issue. The New Testament is bound in two volumes (with general title in 1st volume only) and what usually appears as volume one is here present in two volumes, with the general title in the first, and the second beginning with Ruth. ESTC locates three sets: BL, Newport Central and Washington State. HERBERT 1366. ESTC T95096. (Inventory #: WRCLIT76093)
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