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FINE HAYDAY BINDING

[BIBLE - English, Authorised Version]. The holy bible, containing the old and new testaments: translated out of The Original Tongues: and with the former translations diligently compared and revised, by his majesty's special command. Printed to be read in churches .

Oxford. Printed at the University Press, by Samuel Collingwood and Co. Printers to the University. Sold by E. Gardner, Oxford Bible Warehouse...London, 1841.
24mo in 12. [1096]pp.

[Bound uniformly with:] [LITURGY - English]. The book of common prayer, and administration of the sacraments...together with the psalter or psalms of david. Oxford. Printed at the University Press, by Samuel Collingwood and Co. Printers to the University. Sold by E. Gardner, Oxford Bible Warehouse...London, 1840. 24mo in 4s and 8s. [768]pp.

Exquisitely bound in contemporary gilt-tooled scarlet morocco, with double-raised bands, elaborate green and blue morocco onlays, and the most striking combination of closed fore-edge decoration and gauffering that we have ever seen, by Hayday, with their stamp to verso of FFEPs. Preserved in a morocco slipcase. Each volume with a closed fore-edge painting to each of the three edges of the text block and detailed gauffering. The paintings read as follows, running clockwise from the top-edges: 'Is true Thy word', 'Scripture the Search', 'Thy word is pure' (Bible) and 'Always pray', 'Pray and watch', 'Always pray'. Fine, but for the slightest of slipcase rubbing to raised bands of spine. Some wear to extremities of slipcase.
A beautiful, fresh and vibrant example of fine early Victorian binding and elaborate finishing, executed by James Hayday's (1796-1872) bindery specifically for Edward Gardner's Oxford Bible Warehouse on Paternoster Row. Hayday was specifically engaged by Gardner to bind his copies of the finely printed, small format 'Oxford' Bibles, and his output ranged from the basic plain dark hard-grained morocco trade bindings to the finely finished and worked up examples seen here, presumably for the luxury end of the market.
£ 3,500.00 Antiquates Ref: 21480