(London: Printed by George Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1857). 170 x 106 mm. (6 1/2 x 4 1/4"). , 93 pp.
Contemporary red and gold floral silk jacquard cover over publisher's buckram, glazed yellow endpapers, all edges gilt. With six double-page steel-engraved maps. Front free endpaper with ink inscription: "Edward N. T. Ridley / June 28th 1858. With Papa & Mama's love, & earnest prayer that God will bless to him the reading of His holy word." Fabric a little faded and rubbed at edges, but otherwise remarkably well preserved; endleaves somewhat soiled, three quires rather proud, two of these with crack at gutter, plates with dampstains over half the page, occasional mild foxing, other signs of devout use, but still an appealing memento of Victorian parental love and filial piety.
This gift from loving parents to their son was encased in a rich fabric by an amateur but deft hand, perhaps that of the boy's mother. It is clear that this Bible was the lifelong companion and comfort of the son, who took to heart his parents' urging to seek the blessings of the holy book. (ST12897)
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PJP Catalog: SE16BF.009