The paper is enamelled after a process originally developed by Thomas De La Rue for use on superior grades of cards. It is likely that many of the other copies of the New Testament that were printed succumbed to their own weight (the present volume is approximately 12 pounds), and the enamellised paper stock, which, though innovative, rendered the pages prone to adhesion. Particularly in the damp atmosphere of churches and chapels, the text leaves would become irrevocably fused to one another.
Thomas De La Rue was born in Guernsey in 1793, and moved to London by 1820 where he set up as a straw hat maker. Soon, however, he began embossing card in imitation of straw, silk, and other materials. He moved on to embossing leather, and the binding of the present volume represents the zenith of his technique. Around the time that De La Rue presented the gold-print New Testament to King William IV in 1831, he also received a Royal Warrant to produce playing cards. From playing cards De La Rue progressed to postage stamps, and ultimately to print money. To this day the De La Rue Company remains the world's leading manufacturer of bank notes and bonds, and it could be argued that the gold-printed New Testament is the company's foundation stone.
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