Title The Comprehensive Bible; Containing The Old And New Testaments, According To The Authorized Version, With The Various Readings And Marginal Notes Usually Printed Therewith...
Publisher London: Samuel Bagster And Sons, 15 Paternoster Row, [no date c. 1845?] . 0
Seller ID 44470
A very good full leather folio bible with brass clasps, contained in a custom-made oak book-shaped box (dated 1848). 12.75" x 10.25" x 3.5" [8pp.]/pp.96/pp.1338/pp.45 Polished brown morocco over thick boards, with blind-stamped decoration and two polished brass clasps (in working order). Spine with six raised bands, blind-stamped decorated compartments and gilt title: "Bagster's Comprehensive Bible" . Edges rubbed, and corners carefully strengthened. All page edges bright gilt with two brown silk marker ribbons. Inner gilt dentelles. Original brown endpapers. Brown leather presentation label to verso of the front board: "Presented To The Rev. W. H. Neligan. As A Token Of Esteem And Regard For His Ministrations At Melton Mowbray." Full page dedication to front free-endpaper: "The Rev Doctor Neligan of New York desirest of leaving this book as an heirloom in the family. Presents it to the Revd. Maurice Neligan M.A. Chaplain of the Mollyneux Church [Dublin, Ireland] and hopes he will always remember the donor in his prayers. St. Columba Church, New York. August 31, 1865." Followed by a further dedication in a different hand: "I give this to my son Moore Richard Neligan of St Stephen, Bayswater, London. Maurice Neligan Canon July 1894, Christ Church, Leeson Park, Dublin." Other family history details to other free-endpapers: "Given to me Moore Dermot Macrory Neligan by my parents Moore Richard Neligan (Bishop of Aukland, N.Z. 1903-1910) and Mary Neligan to be given by me to my elder son and to be given by him to his elder son." Clean text throughout. A lovely book with a full family provenance (Family Tree availabole on request). The bible box measures 15.75" x 13.0" x 5.0" . The oak boards show signs of wear are 0.5" thick! The curved spine of the box has been carefully strengthened. The interior has been re-lined in red baize. There is a metal plaque to the top board: "Presented to Rev W. H. Neligan by the Parishioners of Melton Mowbray, 1848". * Referenced by: Darlow & Moule 1113 / Herbert 1763 (later editon). ** Excerpt from 'The Editor's Preface.' : "The Sacred Text is that of the Authorized Version, commonly called King Jame's Bible; and is printed from the edition revised , corrected, and improved, Dr. Blayney, which , from its accuracy has been considered the Standard Edition, to which subsequent impressions should be made more conformable..." *** "Samuel Bagster the elder (1772–1851), was the founder of the publishing firm of Bagster & Sons. Samuel Bagster was born on 26 December 1772, the second son of George and Mary Bagster, of St. Pancras. He was educated at Northampton under the Rev. John Ryland, and, after serving an apprenticeship with William Otridge, commenced business as a general bookseller on 19 April 1794 in the Strand, where he remained until 1816. In 1816 he moved to 15 Paternoster Row. Many books were subsequently printed by Bagster. A fine quarto issued in 1841 is specially deserving of mention. It is ‘The English Hexapla,’ giving the six most important versions in our tongue of the New Testament, being those of Wyclif (1380), Tyndale (1534), Cranmer (1539), the Genevan (1557), the Anglo-Rhemish (1582), and the authorised (1611), together with the Greek text after Scholz, and a valuable historical account of the English translations. Another noteworthy publication was the ‘Bible of every land,’ 4to, supplying specimens of over 270 different languages and versions. The well-known Greek motto of the firm, ("The inhabitants of earth have many tongues, those of heaven have but one"), is said to have been due to the Rev. H. F. Cary. Bagster married Eunice Birch on 19 December 1797; she survived him 26 years, dying on the eve of her 99th birthday. He died at his residence in Old Windsor on 28 March 1851, aged 78 and is commemorated with a large ledger slab memorial at Abney Park Cemetery. Eunice is interred with Samuel and their eldest son Samuel Bagster the Younger (1800-1835) who printed many of the firm's publications. Due to Samuel the younger's early death, his brother Jonathan (1813–1872) succeeded the elder Samuel as senior member of the firm." - See Wikipedia . Full title reads: The comprehensive Bible : containing the Old and New Testaments, according to the Authorized Version : with the various readings and marginal notes usually printed therewith : a general introduction, containing disquisitions on the genuineness, authenticity, and inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, various divisions and marks of distinction in the sacred writing, ancient versions, coins, weights and measures, various sects among the Jews : introductions and concluding remarks to each book : the parallel passages contained in Rev. T. Scott's commentary, Canne's bible, Rev. J. Brown's self-interpreting Bible, Dr. Adam Clarke's commentary, and the English version of Bagster's polyglott bible, systematically arranged : philological and explanatatory notes, a table of contents, arranged in historical order, an analysis and compendium of the Holy Scriptures, a chronological index interspersed with synchronisms of the most important epochs and events in profane history, an index of the subjects contained in the Old and New Testaments, and an index to the notes, introductions and concluding remarks.