SUMMER FAIR HIGHLIGHT Collectable Books

The following books will be among Tom and Sue Biro’s stock at the Bloomsbury Summer Book Fair, they trade as Collectable Books, and can be found at Stand Number 89:

lecternbibleChained miniature Bible on miniature lectern.   The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated Out of the Original Tongues and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised by His Majesty’s Special Command. Glasgow:  David Bryce and Son.   London: Henry Frowde.   Oxford University Press Warehouse, Amen Corner.  1896  MINIATURE.   Leaf size: 42x27mm.   No date printed but, according to Welsh (No. 559, page 18), this Bible was published in 1896 and was a ‘photographic reduction of the 1876 ed., also called Mite frontisBible’.   The wooden pedestal lectern is some 140mm high, with an under-shelf on which the Bible rests.   Original label with history of Chaining of Single Books in Churches, slightly chipped and rippled, pasted under the foot of the lectern.   The Bible is bound in tan calf, embossed on boards and spine in the style of a sixteenth-century binding with title and publisher gilt on the spine.   Chain attached to lower foredge corner of back-board.   [4], 875, [1] pages plus frontispiece and other full-page illustrations; New Testament begins on page [667].   Very small hole in top foredge corner of front free end-paper.   Magnifying glass in a pocket on the rear paste-down.   A very good example of this charming edition.  Ref: 14553 £250.00

 

miltonMilton, John, 1608-1674.   Saumaise, Claude, 1588-1653.  Defensio regia pro Carolo I.   Charles I, 1600-1649.  Joannis MiltonI Angli Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio Contra Claudii Anonymi, alias Salmasii, Defensionem Regiam.  ALSO BOUND IN:  [King Charles I] Defensio Regia, pro Carolo I.   Ad Serenissimum Magnae Britanniae Regem Carolum II.   Filium natu majorem, Heredem & Successorem legitimum.   [By C. de Saumaise]. Pro Populo:  Londini, [London] Typis Du-Gardianis, Anno Domini 1651.   Defensio Regia:  Sumptibus Regiis Anno M D C XLIX [1649].   In fact both defensioworks were printed in Amsterdam by Louis Elzevir.  1651  Twelvemo, leaf size 118x72mm.   In period mottled brown calf, rubbed at extremities, recently rebacked in period style with three raised bands on spine.   Arms of ‘Leopold Joseph, Graf Lamberg’, with the initial ‘M’ above, gilt on the front board.   All edges speckled red.   ‘Pro Populo’:  [20], 244 pages, signatures A-L12;  ownership inscription on title-page:  ‘Stubenberg | Biblioth’;  British Library Shelfmark 521.a.16(2);  ESTC R31234.   ‘Defensio Regia’, 468 pages, signatures A-T12, V6.   THIS SETTING IS NOT RECORDED BY ESTC, which returns three copies of this work dated 1649, all of which have fewer pages than our copy.   The British Library holds two copies of propopulothis work, both dated 1649, also bound with ‘Pro Populo’, but they are different settings and consist of 444 pages only.   Crisp, tight and clean.   An excellent little volume with two early editions of these works bound together and this setting of Defensio Regio appears to be very rare indeed. Ref: 10487    £620.00

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