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Palaeographia Sacra Pictoria: being a Series of Illustrations of the Ancient Versions of the Bible, copied
from Illuminated Manuscripts, executed between the fourth and
sixteenth Centuries. London: William Smith 1843-45.

FIRST EDITION. Large 4to., (32 x 25 cm.) Near contemporary tan morocco, spine and covers lavishly gilt decorated and with red and green onlays incorporating various strapwork patterns. Armorial bookplate of George Mallows Freeman on front pastedown, rear free eendpaper with pencil annotation on recto '1513 F. Bedford Sale'. 50 fine chromolithographed plates each with accompanying letterpress descriptions. A superb copy.

A handsome binding, unsigned, but almost certainly from the workshop of
Francis Bedford; the strapwork tools are found on other works from his
bindery, and the pencil annotation indicates that the item was purchased from
the sale of his books by Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge, in March 1884.

Price £ 3000.00
Stock Code 48380
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