The New Testament, translated from the Latin, in the year 1380, by John Wiclif, D.D. to which are prefixed, memoirs of the life, opinions, and writings of Dr. Wiclif; and an historical account of the Saxon and English versions of the Scriptures, previous to the opening of the fifteenth century.

Bible. N.T. English. 1810. Wycliffe.

Published by Pr. by Richard Edwards for T. Hamilton et al., 1810
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First edition of Wycliffe's English translation as revised by John Purvey, with new preliminary material by the Rev. Henry Hervey Baber. Baber (1775?1869) was a librarian first at the Bodleian and then at the British Museum, and a Fellow of the Royal Society as well as an assistant preacher at Lincoln's Inn. The text is printed in double columns; it preserves the original 14th-century spellings and is decorated with ornamental capitals. The colophon incorporates the printing information of an earlier edition, sans Baber's contributions: "Printed by John March . . . MDCCXXXI . . . reprinted by Richard Edwards . . . MDCCCIX." Provenance: Front free endpaper with bookplate of John Howell and his small ticket to back free endpaper; early ownership inscription of Alexander B. Stewart to first page of "Memoirs"; later in the collections of the Pacific School of Religion (properly released). Binding: 19th-century medievally inspired calf, covers framed and panelled in blind with blind rolls and blind-tooled corner fleurons; spine with raised bands, gilt-stamped title, and blind-stamped compartment decorations. All edges gilt. 4to (27.5 cm, 10.85"). Frontis., [2], lxxii, [2], 275, [1] pp. Darlow & Moule 1014; NSTC B2352. Binding as above, edges rubbed, sides with small scuffs, joints repaired using long-fibre tissue toned to match binding; spine extremities chipped. Frontispiece with lower and inner portions waterstained (not into image), with some offsetting to title-page; title-page with ownership inscription effaced and other indicia as above. Occasional light foxing, with some leaves more noticeably age-toned than others; one page with line of discoloration along upper edge. => A nice example of early 19th-century engagement with medieval Biblical scholarship and style. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The New Testament, translated from the Latin...
Publisher: Pr. by Richard Edwards for T. Hamilton et al.
Publication Date: 1810

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