1865 A Description of the Great Bible
Only a few dozen copies of this ultra-rare special limited edition book were assembled in 1865. It is the highly sought-after definitive overview of the 6 issues of the 1539-1541 Great Bible Pulpit Folio and the 5 issues of the 1611-1640 King James Bible Pulpit Folio. Dr. Fry physically tipped in several original sample pages from each issue of these 11 ancient Bibles. Nothing like this has ever been assembled again after this 1865 project was completed, and nearly all the examples were originally distributed to institutions and universities as reference pieces. Finding one available for sale in private hands is an extraordinary opportunity.
FRY, Francis, F.S.A. A DESCRIPTION OF THE GREAT BIBLE, 1539, and the Six Editions of Cranmer’s Bible, 1540 and 1541, Printed by Grafto and Whitechurch: also of the Editions, in Large Folio, of the Authorized Version of the Holy Scriptures, Printed in the Years 1611, 1613, 1617, 1634, 1640.
Illustrated with Titles, and with Passages from the Editions, the Genealogies, and the Maps, Copied in Facsimile, also with Identification of every Leaf of the First Seven, and of many Leaves of the other Editions; on Fifty-One Plates. TOGETHER WITH AN ORIGINAL LEAF OF EACH OF THE EDITIONS DESCRIBED.
London, Willis and Sotheran, 1865. Folio. 41.7 x 27 cm. [viii], 42pp. + 52[f., with two charts, one of them folding, and 14 original leaves from early Bibles. Francis Fry collected more than 1300 early Bibles, focusing on Tyndale, Coverdale, and Cranmer. This is an extraordinary leaf book, in almost perfect condition.