Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 161

Price Realized: $ 1,062
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(BIBLE IN ENGLISH.) The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments. 2 maps, 15 [of 16] plates. 750 [of 752] pages. Folio, later red gilt roan, moderate wear, gilt-lettered "St. Paul's Church, Georgetown" on front board; intermittent dampstaining and toning, a few leaves torn, one plate and two text leaves somewhat defective, lacking frontispiece plate and the engraved table, lacking final leaf (subscriber list); all edges gilt; Paynter family births and deaths through 1814 recorded on two blank pages, later inscription on front pastedown. Philadelphia: Berriman & Co., 1796

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"Valued by collectors, as its illustrations give excellent examples of the work done by several American engravers of that time"--Wright page 325. Among the engravers represented are Alexander Anderson (two maps of the Holy Land, and a view of Solomon's Temple) and Amos Doolittle (Triumph of David, and Judas Maccabeus defeating the Samarian army). Evans 30065; Hills 53.

This Bible has two pages of records from the family of Samuel Paynter (1736-1814) of Delaware. It was presented shortly after his death by his son Samuel Paynter Jr. (1768-1845), later the governor of Delaware, to St. Paul's Church in Georgetown, DE, as seen by the binding. The inscription explains that several decades later, after the church obtained a new Bible, this one was then repatriated to Gov. Painter's son Edwin R. Paynter (1839-1910).