Leatherbound huge oversized hardcover with gilt edge decoration to boards and dentelles, raised bands to spine, gilt spine title, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, large 8vo, title in red and black, 33 cm, [iv], 64, [1160] pp. Samuel Bagster's important parallel text "Hexapla" sets out six fundamental English translations of the New Testament together with 'the original Greek text after Scholz'. The English translations are: the 'Wiclif' (following the 1394 revision by Purvey); the Tyndale (1534, a version of the first English-printed New Testament of 1525); Cranmer's Great Bible (1539, the first authorized English Bible); the 'Genevan' (Whittingham's Testament of 1557, the first Bible with numbered verses); the 'Anglo-Rhemish' (taken from the first edition of 1582, the first Roman Catholic version); and the "Authorised" (the King James Version of 1611, first edition). The Greek text is printed at the top of each page, with the English versions beneath in six columns, spread over two pages. All this is preceded by a 56 page essay on the history of English translations and translators. Hand Illuminated presentation page bound in. Very light rubbing to covers with minor wear, contents excellent with sewn-in silk book marks - a Very Good copy.

The English Hexapla - 1860


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