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The Holy Bible Containing The Old And New Testaments

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The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments, printed in 1821, with a split fore-edge painting depicting a scene from the Old Testament and one from the New.

Octavo, 1039, [1] pp. Full brown calf, decorative floral border in blind and gilt on covers. Title stamped in gilt on spine, raised bands with gilt embellishments. All edges gilt, lightly scratched and rubbed. Yellow endpapers with some toning and chipping along edges. Endpapers cracked at hinges, but binding is solid. Extremities and joints rubbed, some loss of leather to corners and board edges. Occasional light foxing and pencil notations to text pages. Features a beautiful split fore-edge painting with an image of Moses in the bulrushes on one side and an image of Jesus and his disciples on the other side.

Presentation copy from Admiral of the Fleet Lord Gambier to his godson with inscription on the front flyleaf: “From Lord Gambier to his Godson William S. Ward, with his earnest prayer that the daily perusal of this blessed volume may be the means through grace of the temporal and eternal happiness of his Godson. / Iver Grove / 22 March 1824.”

James Gambier, 1st Baron Gambier (1756-1833), was a career officer of the Royal Navy. Entering the Navy in 1767 as a midshipman, Gambier reached the rank of admiral in 1795 and was promoted to Admiral of the Fleet in 1830. He participated in the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. A very religious man, Gambier was nicknamed “Dismal Jimmy” by those under his command. He served as governor of Newfoundland from 1802-1804, and he was head of the British delegation that negotiated the Treaty of Ghent with the United States which ended the War of 1812. Gambier was an early benefactor of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, which was named for him. Lord Gambier died at his home Iver Grove in 1833.

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Samuel Collingwood and Co.


Stereotype Edition

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Full leather


Very Good


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