Lot 181
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Bible in English [The "Wicked" Bible]

25,000 - 30,000 USD
56,250 USD
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  • 'The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New. Newly Translated out of the Originall Tongues, and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised, by His Majesties Speciall Commandement; Appointed To Be Read in Churches.' London: Robert Barker … and by the Assignes of John Bill, 1631
8vo (6 3/8 x 4 in.; 162 x 101 mm). General title within woodcut border depicting the 12 tribes of Israel, the 12 Apostles, the 4 Evangelists, the Holy Spirit and the Paschal Lamb, woodcut arms of James I on the verso, New Testament title-page within identical border, pictorial headpieces at the beginning of each book, woodcut initials and tailpieces; general title and dedication leaf bound before the Book of Common Prayer (which lacks its title-page); title-page and dedication soiled, browned, and frayed with closed tears affecting woodcut arms, strong browning throughout, headlines and side-notes cropped, several tears causing significant loss of text or side-notes (Y5, 2F2, 2Y5, 2Z7, 3I5–6, 3K1) and tears cutting through text at 2G5, 3A2, and 3H2. Cambridge-style calf binding paneled in blind, later label on front cover, marbled pastedowns; corners bumped with minor loss, extremities abraded, head of spine slightly chipped.   

[Bound with]: J[ohn]. S[peed]. 'The Genealogies Recorded in the Sacred Scriptures.' [London: Printed by Felix Kingston], 1631. Title within border of printer's ornaments, full-page woodcut illustrations; lacking the map (D2). STC 23039e.9; ESTC S122248

[And with]: [John Downame]. 'A Briefe Concordance to the Bible of the Last Translation. Serving for the More Easie Finding Out of the Most Useful Places Therein Contained. Alphabetically Digested ...' London: [By Humphrey Lownes and Robert Young], 1630. Woodcut device on title-page (McKerrow 404 with altar and motto "Deus providebit"), STC 7126; ESTC S122325

[And with]: Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins and others. 'The Whole Book of Psalmes: Collected into English Meeter.' London: Printed for the Companie of Stationers, 1631.  Title within border of printer's ornaments, printed music; lacks final two leaves (F7–8) containing Psalms 149–150.