London: Impensis Ejusdem Societatis (British and Foreign Bible Society), 1823. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 3 leaves + 705pp. Period brown leather boards, with elaborate blind-stamped decorative floral motifs on the front and back covers. Gilt lettering on the spine. Edges of the book block in red. The book a complete translation of the Old Testament of the Hebrew bible into the Syriac language, printed for use by the Syrian Church of Malabar, (in India) in a limited number of 4,000 copies. The London Polyglot Bible of 1657 (Darlow & Moule 8965) was used as the basis of this translation. The book is arranged in a double column format, with very limited vowel markings. Included are title pages in both Syriac and in Latin, known to exist in only the "large-paper" copies of the publication. Text in Syriac. Binding with some scratches, smudges and light staining to the covers. Rubbing to extremities. Spine with scratches, and cracking at the hinges. Interior with minor sporadic foxing to some pages throughout. Small ink stamp of previous owner at the bottom corners of the Syriac title page, and a note in ink at the front free endpaper. Starting at interior front cover. Book block tight overall. Binding in good-, interior in very good- condition overall. g- to vg-. Item #43319
* Darlow & Moule 8981
*The British and Foreign Bible Society (founded 1804), is a non-denominational Christian Bible society with charity status whose purpose is to make the Bible available throughout the world.