Fore-edge painting of coaching. 1795 Bible (Isaiah to end), with Psalms of David, Songs to be Sung. Cambridge and Glasgow.


An attractive coaching fore-edge painting is hidden under the gilt edges of this handsome straight-grain morocco Bible (Isaiah to the end, with the Psalms of David). This is likely taken from a set of two, but the title page of the New Testament is clearly "1795" at "Cambridge".

Also, bound at the rear is "Translations and Paraphrases... Sacred Scripture... To be sung in Churches", printed in Glasgow in 1793.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 14 x 7.5 x 3 cm. Red straight-grain morocco binding. Boards with a frame rolled in gilt of circles and diamonds. Spine with four compartments comprised of gilt tooling, each with a central floret surrounded by vines and frames. All edges gilt. Fore-edge painting.

Collation - Begins at the first sheet of Isaiah, Ff to EEe12, FFf6. Then Psalms - A-F6. Then Translations - A6, B4.

Not paginated.

Condition -

See pictures. Bound to begin at Ff (Isaiah; all parts before that are not included in this binding, presumably there was a volume 1 that accompanied it, at some time in history). Binding with some wear at edges and corners, a few light rubs to boards, joints and spine. A little crazing to the spine. Top edge lightly dusted. Fore-edge painting a little faded with time. Bookseller and ex-libris inscriptions on endpapers. Several small holes on blank free front endpaper, caused by the erasure of a gift inscription to Helen Young on recto. Hellen Young also written at top of first leaf several times, top most example rubbed out. Some ink marks on title page. A little toning to pages. A few small dog-ears at tips of leaf corners.

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