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    (BIBLE). The Illuminated Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments...Embellished with Sixteen Hundred Historical Engravings by J.A. Adams, More Than Fourteen Hundred of Which Are from Original Designs by J.G. Chapman. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1846. 1st ed. Very thick large 4to. 844, 128, 256, 4, 8, 14, 34 pp. Gilt stamping on spine and on covers. Full contemporary gilt tooled dark green morocco, a.e.g. Binding split vertically on spine, and lower two inches of spine opening, but all present. A very clean copy. Would repair well. $550.00

     

    Hills 1161, quoting Frank Weitenhampf: "...this Harper publication was a remarkable production for its time and place, and retains its importance in the annals of American book-making. W.J. Linton, noted wood-engraver and author, knew 'no other book like this, so good, so perfect in all it undertakes.' The illustrations are like paintings of history, as are so many of the old European Biblical paintings and illustrations." Hamilton 198, also quoting Linton: "Drawing, engraving and printing were all marvels at the time of this book's production; and it well deserved the popularity it immediately obtained..." Weitenkampf: "...the first notable American effort to produce a richly illustrated book."

 

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