The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments [bound with] The Apocrypha, The Book of Common Prayer, Index and Tables, and Concordance

Oxford; London: Printed by John Baskett; Printed by Richard Ware, (1732-1736).


Hardcover. Quarto. Six parts in one volume: [1]. The Book of Common Prayer; [2]. The Holy Bible (with an engraved allegorical frontispiece plate); [3]. The Apocrypha; [4]. The New Testament; [5]. Index and Tables; [6]. Concordance. Signed by Thomas A. Biddle on the front free endpaper, with a later owner's signature just beneath. Bound-in after the Apocrypha are nine manuscript pages giving a record of the Biddle family and related Philadelphia families. Contemporary calf or sheep, re-backed with parts of the original spine back laid down; later endpapers. The Book of Common Prayer lacks the title page and final leaf; the Holy Bible lacks one text leaf; the Concordance is lacking the final two leaves, else overall a good closely trimmed copy.

An early 18th Century King James Bible owned by the Biddle family, a prominent Quaker family from Philadelphia. The nine-page family record begins in 1765 and spans the years from 1755 to 1830. The record also includes names from other prominent Philadelphia families, including the Cadwalladers and Dunlaps. The first entries are in the hand of Rebekah Cornell. In 1774 she married Clement Biddle, who was a close friend of George Washington and a Revolutionary War patriot. Their sons Thomas and Clement Jr. established the firm of Thomas A. Biddle & Co., Bankers and Brokers, in Philadelphia. A well-read family bible with a notable Philadelphia provenance.

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