1742-1744 Exquisite set of large illustrated folios: New History of the Holy Bible by Thomas Stackhouse - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

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1742-1744 Exquisite set of large illustrated folios: New History of the Holy Bible by Thomas Stackhouse
Size: 15 1/4" x 10",  2 3/4" thick (each volume)
 Publisher: the Angel and Bible in St Paul's Church-Yard, London
 VERY GOOD (VG)  to EXCELLENT (E) and DAILY USABLE condition                          

Price: $995.00

A massive 2 volume set of the complete "New History of the Holy Bible from the beginning of the World to the Eftablifhment of Chriftinaity. With Answers to moft of the Controverted Queftions, Dissertations upon the moft remarkable Passages, and a Connection of the Profane History all along, to which are added Notes, explaining difficult Texts, rectifying Mif-Tranflatons and reconciling feeming Contradictions, the whole illuftrated with proper Maps and Sculptures, by the Reverend Thomas Stackhouse, A.M. Vocar of Beenham in Berkfhire."
Both volumes have light brown covers dry-printed with an attractive decoration and 6-raised bands spines. Exquisite full page engraving throughout.
The great work of Thomas Stackhouse (1677-1752) was his 'New History of the Holy Bible from the Beginning of the World to the Establishment of Christianity,' which tradition says, being rather too fond of a drink, he wrote in the 'Three Kings - Jack's Booth' public house in Sulhamstead, just across the Kennet Valley from Beenham. He brought it out in numbers and then published in two folio volumes in 1737, with a dedication to his patron, Bishop Gibson. The second edition came out in two folio volumes in 1742-4 [which are these 2 volumes!], and it was often reprinted, with additional notes, by other divines. The work was illustrated with many views, including the ark inside and outside, and the Tower of Babel. The plate of the 'Witch of Endor' was the bugbear of the childhood of Charles Lamb, and the quaint representation of the 'elephant and camel' peeping out from the ark, Lamb never forgot. The illustrations were altered in the later editions. This work is said by Orme to be wanting in originality and profundity, but it states infidel objections with some power. Trusler compiled from it in 1797 'A Compendium of Sacred History.'
Volume 1: pages 1-768 pp; Volume 2: pages 769-1650., followed by a chronology, an index and a table of scripture passages explained.
This Bible is in a VERY GOOD (VG)  to EXCELLENT (E) and DAILY USABLE condition. The Bible's binding, spine and cover have been VERY professionally (antiquarian quality) restored and this Bible can be used without any concerns.  No writings, complete set of large folio books.  Minor wear for its age. Exceptionally clean (some typical browning/soiling)and nice pages.
An exquisite set of History!
 
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