Birmingham: printed by John Baskerville [through 1771], MDCCLXIX . First Edition thus. Full Calf. First Issue (Old Testament title page dated 1769) of the First Illustrated Edition (second edition overall) of the Birmingham printer's mighty tour de force. Large Printing Demy folio (410 x 255 mm): unpaginated, with 572 leaves, frontispiece, and 9 further full-page plates, signed by F. Hayman, C. Vanloo, J. Jouvenet, and J. M. Moreau le jeune, and by the engravers Westwood, I. Taylor, Le Grand, J. Caldwell, and Hicks. No preliminary pages, notes at foot of pages, text ends at 13ka. Contemporary full calf, beautifully rebacked retaining original spine. A clean, firmly bound, well margined copy with fine impressions of the plates, quite handsome indeed. Cambridge History of the Bible, p. 464. Gaskell 35. Herbert 1210. Pardoe, pp. 105-113. Not in Darlow & Moule. Fine. Item #BB1898
Issued in parts over a three year period, beginning January 2, 1769 (New Testament title page dated 1771), then reissued in 1772. Baskerville's type faces introduced the modern, pseudo-classical style, with level serifs and emphasis on the contrast of light and heavy lines. His books (as is true of this Bible) are typically large, with wide margins. This particular production is not quite the equal of the first edition in terms of materials and workmanship, but that Bible was "[a]esthetically, the highest point in English Bible printing so far." (Cambridge) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).