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The Glorious Baskerville Bible
A Typographical Masterpiece
[Bible in English.] The Holy Bible… Cambridge: Printed by John Baskerville, Printer to the University, 1763.
First edition; limited to 1250 copies. Folio. pp. SPAN>19.5 x 11.5 inches leaf size.
Text ends on 13Er as called for, followed by appropriate back matter.
Textually complete. List of Subscribers present in third state.
1806 ownership ink inscription on front free endpaper. The occasional inevitable small stain but overall in very nice condition. Leicester Free Library blind embossed stamp to a few leaves at front and back.
First p rinting of one of the most beautiful of all English Bibles, from a typographical viewpoint.
“Always regarded as Baskerville’s magnum opus, and his most magnificent as well as his most characteristic specimen” (Reed, A History of the Old English Letter Foundries, p. 279, referring to this 1763 folio).
Modern full calf by Starr Bookworks of Arizona, tooled in blind; red calf lettering pieces.
Herbert 1146. DM 857. Gaskell 26. Huntington Library, Great Books in20Great Editions, #6.
Please Note: This is a low-resolution photo, which shows the format, but makes reading the text nearly impossible. In reality, the text of these Bibles is large enough and clear enough to read very easily.
Item # KF1052
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