(Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press by Bensley, Cooke, and Collingwood, 1817). 300 x 240 mm. (11 7/8 x 9 3/8").  leaves.
Stately contemporary purple straight-grain morocco, gilt, covers with frames of blind and gilt decorative rolls, central panel with large lozenge containing the dove of the Holy Spirit and the Tetragrammaton within a gilt sunburst, raised bands, spine compartments densely gilt, gilt titling, gilt-rolled turn-ins, olive green endpapers, all edges gilt. Front and rear flyleaves with pencilled notation in German claiming provenance from the library of the kings of Hannover; rear endleaf with ink stamp "H 912." Joints and extremities slightly rubbed, upper cover a little mottled, a couple of short scratches to lower board, occasional minor foxing, more pronounced in a handful of quires, but clean and fresh internally--an extremely attractive copy in A VERY WELL-PRESERVED BINDING BRIGHT WITH GILT.
This is an impressively bound edition of Holy Scripture that may have royal provenance. Pencilled notes in German on the flyleaves at front and rear indicate this is a copy from the library of the King of Hannover ("Exemplar aus der Bibliothek des Konigs v[on] Hannover"). An 1858 "Katalog der Privat-Bibliothek Seiner Majestat des Konigs von Hannover" lists an 1817 Bible printed at Oxford among its holdings, and while we have no way of knowing for sure if it was this copy, the sumptuous binding here, in royal purple and with lavish gilt, is certainly fit for a king's library. The Kingdom of Hannover was established at the Congress of Vienna in 1814 and lasted until being annexed by Prussia in 1866. Five kings reigned during this time: of these, George III was on the throne at the time our Bible was published, and George V, the final king, at the time the "Katalog" appeared. The fine condition here suggests that the volume was not used regularly, either in a church as intended, or by a family; instead, it seens to have been valued as a object for the beauty of its binding and printing. (ST14150)
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PJP Catalog: SE18BF.010