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1 George Yule Basil Hall (1915-1994). The Great Polyglot Bibles, Including a Leaf from the Complutensian of Alcala, 1514-17.
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1966 First Edition. Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
Series: Publications of the Book Club of California, No. 124. LIMITED EDITION of 400 copies, printed for the Book Club of California by Lewis and Dorothy Allen at the Allen Press. Folio. 14 7/8 x 10 1/4 inches mm (page size). [5], [19], [6] ff. Printed with decorations in black, red, and purple inks, facsimile title-page of the Complutensian Polyglot Bible, and a tipped in leaf (Deuteronomy Chapter 9, verses 11-27) from the original Bible of 1514-17, Basil Hall's essay "A Treatise: The Great Polyglot Bibles"; text clean, unmarked. Sheets laid loose within textured wrappers and all placed within a clam-shell box covered in purple silk, printed top cover and spine labels; text clean, unmarked, box with light shelf wear and a spot of soiling on the front cover. Internally Fine, overall, Very Good. This was the first book printed for the Book Club of California in the de luxe French style, with un-sewn sheets in a hinged box, and produced entirely by hand. For the Allen Press, this book was the first hand-printed book in an edition of more than 150 copies and their first leaf book. The book is designed to remain within the hinged box; when the box is opened flat, the book can be slid to the left and the pages turned at their fore-edge. The text type face is Italian Old Style with early Spanish Roman types founded on Italian fifteenth-century designs. The paper was printed damp on all rag paper from France, mold-made Rives for the text and handmade Richard de Bas for the wrappers. The edition was printed by hand on an 1830 Acorn-Smith hand-press. Decorations principally from the Complutensian Bible, with others from early sixteenth-century Spanish books. REFERENCES: Allen Press Bibliography, No. 171; De Hamel and Silver, Disbound and Dispersed, No. 144 (catalog number 27); Harlan, The Two Hundredth Book, No. 124. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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