A 1707 King James Holy Bible with
Exquisite Silver Clasp binding!
Perfectly working original silver clasps with hallmark, as well as
dated to the inside of the clasp. All silver corner pieces (bosses)
as well as central silverwork present and in stunning beautiful
condition with intricate gold tooling to the covers and spine.
A highly attractive Bible & Prayer book in a superb contemporary
binding of full paneled calf with 4 raised bands to the spine, the
five compartments with richly gilted floral patterns; applied to the
binding contemporary silver clasps and catches by an artisan
craftsman, eight corner-pieces and two centre-pieces, the silverwork
with applied decoration. The front centre-piece bears the initials
E. M. and the rear centre-piece the date 1707; (in fine manuscript
to the final blank is written Elizabeth Mogridge her book Anno qui
domine 1707). To the verso of the clasps the silversmith has stamped
his initials MM and the date 1716, so it would appear that the
silverwork was added a few years later. All edges gilt, original
marbled paper end papers.
General title for the Bible
continues Newly Translated Out of the Original Tongues and with the
Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. The book of
Common Prayer with separate title page is dated 1704. Both the New
Testament and the Book of Psalms have separate title pages dated
1707. Text ends (last page of Revelation) on Tt10b; one leaf of
tables after the OT and another at the end of the NT. (No Apocrypha
- as issued).
This pocket-sized King James Bible
is in a VERY GOOD condition. Complete Bible and complete Book
of Common Prayer and Psalm Book. The binding very good with a little
rubbing and a little wear to the head of the front joint; silverware
all very good and clasps still working well. Contents very good, the
odd catch-word, etc. shaved but mostly fine. Leaf size approximately
122 x 70mm. Little reading wear and apparently not heavily used. A
fine bible and prayer book in a superb binding. A TRUE museum piece
and/or an exceptional GIFT!