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    The First Bible Printed in Scotland, from the Collection of Renowned Bible Collector, Francis Fry

    [Bible in English]. The Bible and Holy Scriptvres conteined in the Olde and Newe Testament Translated according to the Ebrue & Greke & conferred with the beste translations in diuers languages... Edinburgh: Arbuthnot [and Bassandyne, 1579, 1576]. The first printing of the bible in Scotland. The Geneva version. Folio. Approximately 12 x 8 inches. Two parts in one volume. Printed in double columns. [9],503, [1 blank page], 125, [9] fols. Illustrated with over twenty woodcuts and numerous woodcut initials. General title and the following eight leaves in facsimile. Leaf 3d5 also in facsimile. Lacks leaves Yiii - Zi, and leaves Zii to the end of the book in facsimile. Lacks the map in Numbers. Maps in Joshua and Ezekiel are in facsimile. Bound in eighteenth-century full paneled calf, rebacked at an earlier date, with modern burgundy gilt morocco lettering label. Binding worn, front board nearly detached. Leaves trimmed close, some marginal notes, headlines and catchwords shaved. Some paper repairs, some missing letters supplied in ink, some ink notations, some leaves worn, text toned and a bit soiled and dampstained. Still, a very good copy of this rare book, and an important artifact from the Scottish and English Reformation. With superb provenance, being from the collection of renowned bible collector, Francis Fry, whose collection supplied the heart of the Bible House Collection of Bibles in English. With a manuscript note by Fry about this book affixed to front pastedown (and several catalogue descriptions and another owner's bookplate affixed to front endleaves). "So important a collection was, I have no hesitation in saying, never before brought together by a private individual; and for English Bibles, I know of none anywhere existing that can compare with it, whether in public or private libraries." (George Bullen, Keeper of Printed Books at the British Museum). Herbert 158. Darlow and Moule 119. STC 2125.

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