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).

Price: $4,000.00

Six parts bound together: 1. The Book of Common Prayer (lacking the title page); 2. The Holy Bible (Illustrated with an undated engraved title page with a Richard Ware imprint, followed by the letterpress title page with a John Baskett imprint dated 1736); 3. The Apocrypha; 4. The New Testament (with John Baskett imprint dated 1735); 5. Index and Tables; 6. Concordance (with Richard Ware imprint dated 1732). Thick quarto. Signed by Thomas A. Biddle on the front free endpaper, with a later owner's signature just beneath. Bound-in after the Apocrypha are [9] manuscript pages giving a record of the Biddle and related Philadelphia families. Contemporary full calf. Original worn binding re-backed with leather and later endleaves. The Book of Common Prayer lacks the title page and the last leaf, the Holy Bible lacking one text leaf, and the Concordance 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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The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments [bound with] The Apocrypha, The Book of Common Prayer, Index and Tables, and Concordance. Thomas A. Biddle.