Title: The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament ...
Publisher: Printed by John Baskett 17171716, Oxford
Publication Date: 1717
i-iv (blank), v-viii (title pages), ix-x (To the Most High and Mighty Prince James .), xi-ixx (The Translatours [sic] to the Reader), ixx-xxiii (The Names and Order of all the Books . , The Proper Lessons ., Kalendar), A6-[X]6, [Y] 4. The Old Testament ends on Qqqq3 and the New Testament ends with [X]4. No pagination provided Large folio (500 x 312 mm; 10-3/4 x 12-3/8 inches). brown leather over thick cardboard, spine with raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Title page dated 1716 is a full page engraving by Sturt after J. Thornhill(?), title page dated 1717 printed in red and black (as is the "Kalendar"), and with engraved illustration of the University by M. Burghers. Each Book has a steel engraved large chapter head illustration and tail piece; numerous engraved initials. Some of the contributors to the illustrations are J. Thornhill, M. Burgers, L. Cheron, and L. Laguerre; Claude du Bose, L. du Guerier, C. Dupui, Cochein, and Michael van der Gucht were the engravers. The Bible is printed in two columns of 59 lines. The New Testament has its own title page dated 1716. The interior is in fine condition, with only a very few leaves a little browned, but no torn, ripped, or repaired leaves, and would make an excellent candidate for a new binding and thus becoming a truly splendid copy.The Bible was called by Baskett's contemporaries "a Baskett-ful of errors" because of all the typgraphical errors it contained, and specifically so because of the heading in Luke XX which had a misprint of "vinegar" instead of "vineyard" in the Parable of the Vineyard. However, John Baskerville's King James Bible of 1763 is the only other Bible that experts consider worthy comparisons to Baskett's 1717 Bible for its beauty of type, impression and paper. [Herbert 942]. Spine worn with actual spine strip lacking, hinges weak, boards worn with patches of the leather missing. Interior contents largely fine, including the engravings, a few leaves occasionally a bit browned Variant of the "Vinegar Bible" with Acts IV:24 error but not "vinegar" in Luke XX. Bookseller Inventory # 31982
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