Hard Cover. Oxford: Printed at the Oxford University Press, 1849. Very Good.
Finely bound by Watkins in textured black morocco decorated in blind to boards, lettered in gilt to spine, all edges gilt, with a fore-edge painting depicting the Lichfield Grammar School in Staffordshire, England. A very good copy with some light wear to extremities, previous owner's inscription to front free endpaper, some rubbing of the gilt on text block edges, light soiling to margins of the first and last few pages. The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments is a collection of the sacred texts considered by believers of the Christian faith to be a record of man's relationship to God. Drawn from ancient texts in Biblical Hebrew and Greek, the Bible has been translated into more than 600 languages. A fore-edge painting is a piece of artwork done on the outer edge of a book's text block, opposite the spine. Traditionally, these images were painted on the edge of a closed text block as an alternative to gilt or marbling. In the 17th century, the practice changed when artists discovered that by painting on the inner edges of the pages, the paintings would only visible if the book's pages were fanned, and hidden from view when the book was closed.