Londini [London] , Ex prelo Ricardi Taylor et Socii., 1812.
xii S, [64 nn S. engraved facsimiles], 18 S., [1 nn S.printer`s mark], [1 nn S.], Imperial Folio [48 x 31,5 cm] Goldgeprägter Originalleinenband.
[64 nn p. engraved facsimiles], 18 p., [1 nn p. printer’s mark], [1 nn p.], Imperial Folio [48 x 31,5 cm] Gold-tooled original cloth binding. Darlow / Moule 4789; Reed & Johnson, The old English Letter Foundries, p. 315.; Updike, II, p. 121.; Van Praet, I. 13.; Edited by Henry Hervey Baber. Greek type imitation of Alexandrian unicals, Roman Type and another Greek type for the introduction notes. A magnificently produced letterpress facsimile edition of the Psalms from the famous Codex Alexandrinus, a fifth-century manuscript of the Greek Bible, containing most of the Septuagint and the Greek N.T. Presented by the Patriarch of Constantinople Cyrillus Lucarius, who brought it from Alexandria, to King Charles I in 1627 and now in the British Library, the manuscript is probably the third oldest amoung the extant Greek Bible manuscripts (after the Vaticanus and Siniaticus). This book was printed by Joseph Jackson (1733-92), an apprentice to the first Caslon, and who is particularly remembered for cutting “peculiar” fonts, such as the Domesday character and the Greek types employed in the present work. Baber was Keeper of the Printed Books at the British Museum. Between 1816 and 1828, he published a three volume edition of the Old Testament part of the Codex Alexandrinus. According to the list of subscribers, only 17 copies were printed on vellum. The last 18 pages contain a collection of the various readings of the Alexandrian MS. compared with The Roman edition of the Vatican Text of the Septuagint printed in 1587. Handwritten dedication on the frontpaper from Charles Tylor ((2 November 1816 – 14 March 1902) an English Quaker author. He was the founding editor of the Quaker weekly publication, The Friend. He was also a Recorded Minister of the Religious Society of Friends.) to J.B. Braithwaite (21 June 1818 Kendal – 15 November 1905 Islington, London), who was a conservative, evangelical English Quaker minister. In 1887, he drafted the Quaker Richmond Declaration which stated, among other things, that the Bible was of greater authority than the Inner Light.). Some browning on the frontpapers, otherwise very good copy.