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The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. With Engravings on Wood from Designs of Fra Angelico, Pietro Perugino, Francesco Francia, Lorenzo Di Credi, Fra Barolommeo, Titian, Raphael, Gaudenzio, Ferrari, Daniel Di Volterra, and others.

Frontispiece, 59 single-page illustrations, and marginal ornaments, initial letters and medallions, all engraved on wood by W.T. Green, J. Cooper, J.L. Williams, R.C. West, T. Williams, W. Linton, Messrs. Dalziel, A. Williams, W. Measom, F. Anderson, J. Thompson, and H. Shaw.

4to. [251 x 198 x 54 mm]. xvi, 540 pp. Contemporary binding by Riviere (signed in gilt on the front turn-in) of dark brown goatskin, the covers with a border composed of a gilt and blind fillets and a gilt arabesque roll, mitred to a gilt and blind fillet panel, with gilt flowers between and blind arabesque cornerpieces and at the centre a gilt circular ornamental block. The spine divided into six panels, with gilt and blind compartments, lettered in the second panel, the others with a gilt centre tool, the edges of the boards and turn-ins tooled with gilt fillets, plain white endleaves, gilt edges. (A little rubbed, one corner bumped).
London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts and Green, 1865.

Darlow & Moule / Herbert 1951.

Copies are variously dated 1864, 1865 and 1883.

The front free endleaf has been neatly removed and the fly-leaves are foxed. A good copy.

Edited by Thomas Longman; the initial letters and all the decorative portions were designed or drawn on wood by Henry Shaw, and the figure illustrations were drawn and engraved under his supervision. This is one of the more impressive examples of Victorian book production. It appears that Rivere bound a number of copies, using the same tools (which we still have) but in different colours (we had one in red goatskin).

Stock no. ebc3418

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Price: £450