Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

The Illuminated Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, Translated out of the Original Tongues... Also, the Apocrypha. To Which are Added a Chronological Index... Embellished with Sixteen Hundred Historical Engravings by J. A. Adams, More than Fourteen Hundred of Which are from Original Designs by J. G. Chapman

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1846. First edition. Hardcover. Folio. Five leaves incl. title, 844pp., title page, 128pp., three leaves, incl. title, 256pp., (4, 8, 14, 34pp. indices).

Original publisher's morocco with elaborate vignette and double ruling in gilt on cover. Raised bands with gilt lettering, tooling and ruling on spine; additional black triple ruling here. Gilt edges. Stiff textured vellum endpapers. Frontispiece engravings, one in three colors, with tissue guard. Title page printed in black and blue with blue, decorative framing. The title page for the Apocrypha also in black and blue with decorative blue framing, New Testament with two frontispiece engravings, tissue guard, title page printed in black and light brown with decorative brown frame. 1,600 wood-engraved text illustrations and decorative initials. Includes chronological index.

First Edition in book form of this pioneering classic of American book illustration. The work was originally issued in parts between 1843 and 1846. The completed work has been described by Frank Weitenkampf as "the first notable American effort to produce a richly illustrated book"; and William J. Linton, in 'The History of Wood-Engraving in America', wrote: "Drawing, engraving and printing were all marvels at the time of this book's production; and has well deserved the popularity it immediately obtained."

John G. Chapman (1808-1889), painter, provided the greater part of the illustrations, which were engraved by Joseph Alexander Adams (1803-1880) and his students. This is the first American book in which the illustrations are executed by electrotype. Binding with some scuffing along edges and boards, more pronounced at joints and head and tail of spine. Lightly cracked for three inches at lower front joint. Block lightly age-toned. Very good condition. Item #50977

Price: $950.00

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