The Holy Bible: King James Version Containing All the Books of the Old and New Testaments, The ...

The Holy Bible: King James Version Containing All the Books of the Old and New Testaments, The Viking Studio Edition of the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible

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The first trade edition of the Pennyroyal Caxton Press Bible designed and illustrated by Barry Moser. With his inscription to the former owner: "for John Carroll Collins with warm regards, Barry Moser" on the colophon page. With a card saying this was signed at the Bridwell Library, October 23, 2003. Publisher's cloth binding with gilt titles and original acetate dust jacket. Cream cloth boards with 3 gilt crosses on the front cover and gilt lettered spine are clean and bright with little wear.There is a 1/8 inch wide black dot, indicating this is a remainder, on the bottom edge of the text block. All else near fine. Binding is solid and square. Interior is clean and unmarked. Dust jacket has no tears or stains.With 232 illustrations printed in B&W from original relief engravings. The only bible of the 20th century designed and illustrated by a single artist. Printed on high opacity 50-lb. Glatfelter paper. Ribbon page marker is intact. ***Book is over-sized and additional postage needed to ship outside the United States or via: priority mail, please inquire. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: The Holy Bible is the magnum opus of Barry Moser's career. In a creative effort of titanic proportions, he has devoted the last four years to this project, designing and setting the type and painstakingly carving the engravings for this King James version of the Bible. It will be the only twentieth century Bible with original illustrations by one artist for every book of the Old and New Testaments. (The last time this feat was accomplished was in 1865 by Gustave Dore.) Initially, it was conceived to be an elite handmade letterpress edition for a select group of book collectors to be published by the Pennyroyal Caxton Press. Created under the patronage of mogul Bruce Kovner, and named for his Caxton Corporation (in additional to Moser's Pennyroyal Press), The Holy Bible is a labor of love for both the Bible and the art of bookmaking -- the Bible being a kind of Everest for printers. Only 400 copies of the limited edition will be printed at a price tag of $10,000 a piece. However, Viking Studio is privileged to be participating in this once-in-a-century event by publishing the trade edition of this masterpiece.

To many, the Bible is still the greatest story ever told, while The King James Version has been termed, "the noblest monument of English prose." The Moser Bible, a great art book, is also first and foremost a reading Bible. The utmost care has been taken in the placement of every word and each page of text has been lovingly designed and set. Modeled on ordinary people, the illustrations are haunting, sometimes dark, but always numinous. The art gives us a context, for what we are reading, and leave us with an indelible image for many of the Bible's most famous scenes: Jonah andthe Whale, Leviathan, The Harlot, The Last Judgment, The Annunciation.

The Viking Studio edition holds to Moser's vision of quality by publishing to the highest standards. The Holy Bible will appeal to any connoisseur of great art, for admirers and collectors of fine bookmaking, and to anyone wishing to, finally, possess a version of the Bible that does justice to its role as the most revered sacred text of our time.

Review: The Holy Bible, designed and illustrated by Barry Moser, is as thrilling an experience as you'll ever find inside a dust jacket. Moser, the foremost fine press illustrator of our time, spent four years crafting the 232 relief engravings that illustrate this Bible. Printed in a deluxe limited edition by the Pennyroyal Caxton Press, Moser's Bible is also available in a reasonably-priced Viking Studio edition on acid-free paper, with a satin ribbon marker, specially-sewn binding, and cloth case. These details give the book, as a physical object, a weight and presence that dignifies its reader. It is no overstatement to say that when you begin turning the pages revelation occurs. Even from the first illustration--Adam and Eve, with unapologetically adult bodies, breathtakingly chunky and imperfect, making their way along a stream in the Garden of Eden--it's clear that Moser has a vision of God and humanity whose humility will change the way you see the world.

There are so many surprises here: Abram is jaunty (a surprise at first, but one would have to be to say "Here I Am."); Balaam's Ass stretches his mouth wide, teeth bared, conveying the comic terror of the idea that God would speak through his creatures; "Jesus Rabonni," Moser's first illustration of the Savior, depicts Jesus as such a goofy, joyful, solid man that your heart will leap, wanting to be with him. And in some measure, Moser's Bible will bring everyone who touches it a little closer to that rabbi. --Michael Joseph Gross

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Title: The Holy Bible: King James Version ...
Publisher: Viking Studio
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Hardcover
Illustrator: Moser, Barry
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition

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