6 vols, large folio, each with a half-title; a total of 70 etched and engraved plates (dated between 1791 and 1800) and 100 engraved vignettes; some scattered foxing as always, but withal a fine copy in an extremely handsome though unsigned contemporary binding of panelled and diced russia, covers with wide roll-tool gilt borders and small floriate elements, spines gilt in six compartments with wide roll-tools and a central wheel and sunburst, lettered direct, raised double bands, dentelles gilt, leather hinges, double endbands sewn in blue, green, yellow, white and black silk thread, all edges gilt.
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The Holy Bible. The Old Testament (& New Testament), embellished with Engravings, from Pictures and Designs by the Most Eminent English Artists …
A wonderful set, in an extremely attractive contemporary binding, of this monumental feat of British printing, the grandest and most ambitious of all English Bibles. Printed on a new, thick wove Whatman paper in a specially designed large type, and illustrated with seventy full-page engravings after Fuseli, Reynolds, Kauffman, West, and others, and a suite of emblematic ornamental head and tail-pieces by Loutherbourg, Macklin’s Bible was the culmination of a project that had begun as early as 1789. It was an enormously expensive venture – Reynolds alone was paid £500 for his illustration of the Holy Family – which nearly bankrupted Macklin, and one which he himself never saw finished; he died before the last of the vignettes had been completed.
A matching edition of the Apocrypha was printed in 1816 and, as often, is not found here.
Note: this item is extremely heavy, and will attract commensurate shipping charges.
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