1629 King James “Authorized” Bible, Cambridge Universtity Press, editio princeps (FIRST EDITION, complete in all parts — and w. all intended Cambridge parts), Cambridge University Press, 1629, Tho: and John Buck. Medium Folio (the only edition this year). VERY RARE IN THIS CONDITION, PAPER-TYPE, AND COMPLETENESS. A Superior copy! The first complete “editorial revision” of the King James Bible. RULED-IN-RED throughout, on fine linen-rag paper, thick, bright, with no danger of tearing when handled. Reference: Herbert 424. Provenance: “A.G. Jennings 1877” (a NYC businessman & historian of religion, d.1904). Contains: ORIGINAL ENGRAVED TITLE, BCP, ALL CAMBRIDGE PRELIMINARIES, OT, APOCRYPHA, NT TITLE, NT, BLANK, BPCEM, TABLE.
This is NOT the Hexham Abbey Bible, but is the same edition as that Bible.
This Bible printed on fine, white, linen-rag paper (McMullin’s “D” forme), exceptionally nice, the heaviest and BEST paper used apart from the two “Royal” eds (McMullin’s formes F and G; Forme E uses a thin linen-rag). Wide margins w. leaves 11 15/16″ x 7 15/16″. Gauffered edges on all sides in geometric patterns of stars and diamonds. In strict antiquarian terms, Bible is in “nearly fine” condition; repaired small marginal/edge tears, minor spots here and there, red ink spill on final leaf of the Apocrypha (see pics). Bible comes in a felt-lined linen slipcase.
SUPERBLY TOOLED multi-panel leather binding, in period style, of “British vegetable tanned calf” (all archival); w. 5 raised bands to the spine and gilt lettering. End-pages of contemporary antiphonal music sheets, as befits the function of this Bible. Only a handful of such Bibles still exist in this superior state of preservation and completeness.
OPTIONAL (add $5000) 8-piece “Cambridge Ensemble” that celebrates its Cambridge heritage: (1) FIRST EDITION, very large c1220 illuminated manuscript leaf from the very rare “Cambridge Bible”, 11″ x 7.75″, Acts 3-7 (value $2000); (2) FIRST EDITION 1638 Cambridge Bible leaf, folio, ruled in red, title to Matthew 1-3 (value $350); (3) FIRST EDITION 1632 Engraved Title leaf to the Greek NT, octavo, printed at Cambridge, w. Title leaf to ACTS 1:1-18 (value $300); (4) 1591 Geneva Bible, facsimile reprint (only 3 originals are known to exist), this being the first Bible ever printed at Cambridge; a rare reprint w. only 500 numbered copies; like new, value $850, set in a fine presentation box; (5) New, NIV Cambridge Bible, NI206WM Premier Wide Margin Reference Edition, supple goatskin, in a Rosewood Presentation Box, (value $750); (6) New, 3-vol set of D. McKitterick’s “A History of Cambridge University Press”, (value $650); (7) New, D. McKitterick’s “Four Hundred Years of University Publishing and Printing in Cambridge, Catalogue of an Exhibition”, (value $40); and (8) B. J. McMullin’s hard to find 1984 article “The 1629 Cambridge Bible”, (value $50), comparing 39 copies in the UK.
Just 41 copies of this 1629 first edition folio Bible are listed in the ESTC database. This 8-piece Ensemble contextualizes a beautiful and rare FIRST EDITION Bible. Judging by McMullin’s census, this Bible ranks among the top 15-20 in the world! Compare just the 1629 Bible to $45K – $85K + 20% auction fees.