A large folio (39 x 23 x 10 cm), handsome State Bible (Biblia Staten Generael), with much of its original brass hardware; includes a large early map of the New World (Baja California is an island).
These typically sell for around $2,000, but due to condition this copy is offered at discount. It is missing its title page, dedication, last 18 leaves of the apocrypha, four maps, and several leaves of illustration. Two maps (of 6) remain. Also, the clasps are gone, as well as two corner hardware pieces.
On the positives, it is still a large handsome bible, with all of the cannon works complete. It still wears its original binding, and all four corners on the front board, giving it a nice board to rest on. It was rebound, so the text block is behaving well, with the hinges/joints and spine working. It retains two of its large maps, that are very enjoyable.
In researching this Bible, I realized that it's an early publisher's binding in a way. If you google: "Biblia dat is", "1710" , you'll see that they all share this binder. Somewhat fascinating as the oversimplified view of this time is that everyone bought the Bible as a paper stack and then took it to their personal binder.
Physical Attributes -
Measures approx. 22 x 13 x 3.5 cm. Calf, with central motif blind tooled. Raised bands to spine. Corner hardware.
Pages - [22 (of 24)], 332, , 144, , 169, , 40 (of 58), 2 maps across four leaves (of 6).
See pictures. Handsome vintage patina. Clasps missing, and two corner hardware pieces on the back board. Some aging, crack marks, rubs, etc to leather. A recent rebinding ha left the work with bright pastedowns/endpapers, modern endbands and whitish edges to the text block (trimmed). Page 122 was folded down, so if folded out it shows the larger size as untrimmed.
Missing 1st title page, and the following page (dedication?), last 18 leaves of appocrapha, 4 leaves of illustration, and four maps (two remain) per Worldcat and other ads ($2000). Occasionally lightly foxed, thumbed and toned throughout. An occasional spot mark consistent with centuries of use. Occasional moisture mark at edges, sometimes intrudes to text. There are a few spots that might have been mold in the past, but it seems cleaned (maybe at rebinding) and dry now. Occasional page edge chip. Bottom right corner of text block frayed, was likely dragging before repair, when shelved. Last pages have more edge chipping.
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