A renowned theologian and the editor of a bestselling study Bible, Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie built one of the world's greatest private collections of English Bibles since the nineteenth century during more than five decades of meticulous research and quiet acquisition.
Rare and early versions of the work of all the first English translations are present, including John Wycliffte, Myles Coverdale, and William Tyndale. The Authorized, or King James version is also well represented, including the tallest copy known of the first edition, from the celebrated library of Louis Silver, as well as a fine copy of the "Bible of the Revolution," the first English-language Bible printed in America. First and other early editions in many other vernacular languages are represented as well, including German, Spanish, Italian, Irish, Welsh, and the Indian Massachusett language.
Earlier Bibles are also included among the approximately 200 lots of printed books and manuscripts, ranging from the tenth-century “Benton” Gospels in Greek to a beautifully illuminated thirteenth-century Italian manuscript Bible in Latin to two leaves from the Gutenberg Bible printed in Mainz about 1454.
Exhibitions will be held in London on 11 - 14 November and Chicago on 21& 22 November.
Please note that the manuscript correction on [iota]1r is in the hand of Aldus Manutius.
Please note that the pencil notes on the flyleaf are not by Francis Fry
Please note there is also a copy of this edition in the Van Kampen collection.
Please note that the catalogue describes that 3 divisional titles are in facsimile; those 3 divisional titles are for Leviticus (3A1), Numbers (5A1), and Deuteronomy (6A1)
Please note, based on wormholes, the text section from i1 to p4 is evidently suppled from another copy.
Please note the internal condition note was inadvertently omitted from the catalogue. The condition note is:
Some minor and fine repair to lower margin of title and following leaf; fore-edge corners of first 8 leaves slightly worn and/or restored; many fore-edge corners wrinkled, frayed, or restored throughout; final 5 gatherings (V-Aa) with more significant restoration to lower fore-edges (in one or two instance bits of the marginal rules supplied in pen facsimile); C4v (calendar) with pen trials in lower margin; repaired tear in lower margin of New Testament title-page; very occasional light staining.
Also, please note that the attribution of provenance to Sir George More is based on Decherd Turner's entry on the book in Formatting the Word of God.