BIBLE FOR HUGUENOTS IN ENGLAND

La Bible, qui est toute la Sainte Escriture du Vieil et du Nouveau Testament. Autrement, l’ancienne et la nouvelle alliance. Le tout reveu et conferé sur les textes hebreux et grecs. Avec les Pseaumes de David, mis en rime françoise par Cl. Marot et Theod. de Beze.

London, R. Everingham for R. Bentley and J. Hindmarsh, 1687.

Small 8vo, pp. [1018], with an engraved additional title; bound without the Apocrypha (see below); manuscript hymns in German in an early hand on two blank leaves at end; contemporary English black morocco richly gilt, covers tooled with an attractive all-over design of drawer-handles, pansies and leaves, comb-marbled endleaves, gilt edges; minor wear, corners a little bumped, one or two tiny areas of retouching.

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First complete edition of the Bible in French to be printed in England, in a fine Restoration binding. This Bible, in the French Geneva version, was published less than two years after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (22 October 1685) which saw about 50,000 French Protestant refugees move to England (the word ‘refugee’ entered the English language at this time). The present copy is without the Apocrypha sometimes found at the end of the Old Testament (as is the Bible Society copy; see Darlow & Moule).

For a comparable binding, also apparently employing the same distinctive pansy tool used here, see Maggs, Bookbinding in the British Isles, part I, 1987, no. 95. See also G. D. Hobson, English bindings 1490–1940 in the library of J. R. Abbey, no. 46.

Darlow & Moule 3771; Wing B2707A.

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