1835 · Philadelphia
A gorgeously bound stereotyped 19th-century American Bible bearing the preface "The Harmony & Perfection of the Holy Scriptures" by surgeon Thomas Chevalier (1767–1824); this argues for the importance of using scripture to explain scripture, a practice specially enabled by the central column of references printed on each page of the biblical text.
The engraved title-page's vignette is of Abel's burnt sacrifice, after W. Hamilton, opposite a frontispiece of the destruction of Pharaoh's host, after Loutherbourg; both were engraved by Ellis.
Binding: 19th-century red sheep, spine gilt extra with arabesque design; covers framed in gilt double rules surrounding a rolled gilt design and a blind roll of zig-zags. Board edges and turn-ins with a similar zig-zag design in gilt; deep blue endpapers and all edges gilt.
Provenance: The Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released). Bound as above, spine and section of back cover slightly darkened, light rubbing, more at spine tips and joints, a few spots of soiling. Light age-toning and pencilling, booklabel at back. => A nice little Philadelphia Bible in a graceful, refined American binding. (Inventory #: 36516)