Jun 05, 2008 - Sale 2148

Sale 2148 - Lot 51

Price Realized: $ 3,120
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
AN IMPORTANT BIBLE, THE FIRST PUBLISHED IN NEW JERSEY (BIBLE IN ENGLISH.) The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments. 4to, contemporary calf, covers detached, held together with early leather protective cover possibly of deerskin with minor wear and several small holes; lacks front free endpaper, title page chipped at margins and somewhat loose, minor marginal dampstaining and wormhole affecting early leaves, moderate wear overall; signature of early owner Philip Rhinelander on title page, 18th and 19th century family register of the Rhinelander and Underhill families between the Old and New Testaments. Trenton: Isaac Collins, 1791

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With the Apocrypha and Ostervald's Practical Observations, both lacking in some copies.
The family register documents four generations of a noteworthy Huguenot family from New Rochelle, NY, beginning with the family of Barnard Rhinelander, continuing through the births of his great-grandchildren from 1810-1815, and concluding with the deaths of his granddaughter Elizabeth Rhinelander Underhill (1785-1859) and her husband Isaac Underhill (1781-1860).

"The first Bible printed in New Jersey, the second quarto edition of the King James Bible printed in America, and the most ambitious project of Isaac Collins' printing career"--Felcone 12. Also features the first printing of an uncredited introduction by John Witherspoon titled "To the Reader," written to replace the traditional dedication to King James. "This production became very popular, and was published over and over again in various editions of the Bible by different printers, for thirty or more years"--Wright, Early Bibles, p. 95. Evans 23184, Hills 31.