This edition was originally published as a limited edition of 1250 with 75 copies on Arnold rag paper. This is number 32 (XXXII) of 75.There was the option to have these bound either in vellum or full morocco. The vast majority of those 75 were bound in vellum with (presumably) very few buyers selecting the full morocco. The full morocco with all edges gilt is generally significantly more aesthetically pleasing and more in the general style of the Nonesuch Press limited editions, such as the much renowned Shakespeare, Don Quixote, etc editions. It being limited to just 75 copies in the first place makes the original full calf version truly rare in the market.
H Lloyd, a Royal Navy Commander, with his bookplate to the front pastedown of each volume and his name printed in the colophon of the first volume. Probably the finest printing of the Bible in recent memory, especially the much celebrated beautiful typography by Francis Meynell which is very easy on the eye with fantastic spacing and margins. The quality of the paper, the binding - everything aggregates to a whole more than the sum of its parts. It was originally printed as just the Apocrypha volume, but the reception was so positive that the project was enlarged to encompass the entire Bible. It was described as having " bindings soiled with spines faded and water-damaged".Some wear to the binding of the first volume as pictured with some loss to the edge of the spine and affecting the boards (first volume only). Generally the bindings are near fine with very bright gilt and the occasional minor mark/scratch which are not particularly intrusive. Page edges near fine with uncut fore-edge as published. Each volume with aforementioned bookplate to pastedown and very mild edge toning to front and rear free endpapers as commensurate with the calf binding. All text blocks fine and collated as complete. A stunning set and a true example of typographic excellence, rarely seen since incunabula times. WoodPaz Books is an online antiquarian and rare book shop dedicated to great customer service and secure eco-friendly packaging. We know how frustrating it is to receive a book in sub-standard packaging, especially an expensive one! That's why every single one of our books is sent generously wrapped in bio-degradable bubblewrap housed in a sturdy cardboard box, irrespective of price.
Our books are stored in a temperature controlled environment in a smoke and pet free space, handled with the utmost care and attention. We really do strive for the accuracy of our descriptions and condition reports in each listing. We aim to mention all of the main areas of the condition: the spine, hinges, joints, boards, page edges, page block, etc. We are highly knowledgeable on books and love talking about them! Our return rate is less than 1%, and many book-lovers swear by us as their source for luxury books.
Thank you for considering us!