ISAIAH 41:24-44:2. “Beholde, my servant . . .” (42:1). Printed in London by Christopher Barker, 1576. First folio edition printed in England. Herbert 144b. FINE condition, light crease, shaved/angled top and bottom margins (see pics). Small folio, 10.25″ x 6.75″. Text continues the oracles of “Second Isaiah” (Ch 40-55) written at the end of the Babylonian Exile c.538 BCE, the most important event in OT history besides the Exodus. The prophet announces that Israel herself is the Servant of the Lord, God’s chosen instrument to bring to completion God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:3. This promise was fulfilled half a millennium later by Jesus of Nazareth, Israel’s representative messiah-king.