1858 · Llundain (London)
The New Testament appears here in double columns of side-by-side Welsh and English, described by the publisher as "Ruby 24mo." The N.T. was not published in diglot English and Welsh until 1804; the present edition was first printed in 1853, under the auspices of the British and Foreign Bible Society.
Provenance: Front pastedown with inked inscription: "O.R. Morgan 1859"; front free endpaper with pencilled inscription: "From W.O. Morgan's Collection of Bibles."
Binding: Signed contemporary embossed black morocco with covers offering a textured rosette medallion within a textured panel that is itself set within multiple differently textured frames; spine embossed in blind with four ruled compartments, one containing volume identification in gilt, the others presenting two elegant diamond figures and a quatrefoil upon uniform net-like backgrounds. All edges gilt in interesting counterpoint to the sumptuous but somber black-and-blind style of the binding! — which bears the small ticket of "Watkins / Binder" of "Gravel Lane / Southwark" on its back pastedown. (As our reference below to Wolf intimates, this binding has interesting transatlantic cousins.)
Darlow & Moule 9639. For binding: Wolf, From Gothic Windows to Peacocks, 40 & ff. Bound as above, volume strong with rear board reattached via the Japanese tissue method and hinge reinforced; spine edges and extremities slightly worn and very unobtrusively refurbished. Endpapers with annotations and ticket as above, title-page verso with pencilled institutional inscription and lightly rubber-stamped numeral. Pages faintly age-toned with a very few scattered light spots; a few leaves with lower corners bumped. => An unusual N.T., in a striking binding. (Inventory #: 36976)