(New York: Harper & Brothers, 1846). 345 x 232 mm. (13 1/2 x 9"). 2 p.l., 844 pp.,  leaf, 128 pp.,  leaves (genealogical records), 2 p.l., 256, 3, , 8, 14, 34 pp. First Edition in book form.
Publisher's dark brown morocco, covers and spine compartments bordered with double gilt rules, raised bands, gilt titling, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt (older repairs to joints, ends of spine, and front hinge). With extra illustrated title pages and frontispieces to Old and New Testament, and 1,600 engravings by J. A. Adams, 1,400 of these after designs by J. G. Chapman. Front pastedown with bookplate of Pequot Library in Southport, Connecticut, noting its presentation by Mrs. Elbert B. Monroe. Leaves provided for family records completed for Frederick Marquand of Southport, Connecticut. Hills, "English Bible in America" 1161; Herbert 1860. A score of minor abrasions to boards, extremities somewhat rubbed, but the restored binding quite sound. Intermittent mild to moderate foxing, more conspicuous to first and last few leaves, otherwise an excellent copy, generally clean and fresh.
Originally appearing in 54 parts beginning in 1843, this is the first issue in book form of a monumental family Bible with illustrations that took six years to complete and that cost a then-astounding $20,000. According to Hills, engraver J. A. Adams "is credited with having taken the first electrotype in America from a woodcut." Frank Weitenkampf (quoted by Hills) notes: "The engravings after Chapman carefully reproduced the prim line-work of the drawings. . . . [T]his Harper publication was a remarkable production for its time and place, and retains its importance in the annals of American book-making. W. J. Linton, noted wood-engraver and author, knew 'no other book like this, so good, so perfect in all it undertakes.'" This copy was owned by Connecticut jeweller, investor and philanthropist Frederick Marquand (1799-1882), whose adopted daughter Virginia Marquand [Mrs. Elbert B.] Monroe founded the Pequot Library in his memory, and donated much of his personal collection to it. (CBJ1737)
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