Both Testaments were printed in about 500 copies, in a new type (small pica) cut by Moxon in London at Boyle's expense. [The earlier Irish type used in 1602 had completely disappeared: see note to lot 403.] Until 1800 this remained the only Irish type in England. Boyle also endeavoured to organise the despatch to Scotland of a certain number of copies of both Testaments for distribution through the Highlands.
Some copies of the New Testament contain an English preface by Andrew Sall, together with an Irish translation by Reilly; according to Darlow & Moule, the addition of these prefaces was an afterthought and early copies of the edition ("e.g. most of those presented to prominent persons and institutions by the Hon. R. Boyle") did not contain these prefaces, as here. There are variant imprints of this edition (Wing distinguishes them wrongly as editions), one with the name of Robert Everingham only in the imprint, the other, as here, also with the name of Benjamin Tooke. In some copies only of the Old Testament there is an initial leaf with a printed note on the verso concerning the Irish alphabet, which is not present here.
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