English Leather Bound and Brass John Brown’s Family Holy Bible Dated Circa 1810
This beautiful antique Holy Bible was printed in Bradford, United Kingdom. Entitled “Brown’s Self-Interpreting Family Bible,” it contains the Old and New Testaments, marginal references and illustrations, explanatory notes, and evangelical reflections by the famous Reverend John Brown. The book flaunts an engraved and embossed brown leather and gilt covering, and is embellished with two steel clasping straps. The cover is engraved with 4 corners medallions and a larger center medallion that reads “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm CVIV 105” surrounded by an angle head, a flying bird, and a beautiful crown. The spine of the Bible is engraved with “Holy Bible.” The first page contains a beautifully sketched portrait of Rev. John Brown. The early 19th century bible is in excellent condition commensurate with age and use, with a rich patinated leather and brass finish. John Brown of Haddington (1722 – 19 June 1787), was a Scottish minister and author. He was born at Carpow, in Perthshire. He was almost entirely self-educated, having acquired a knowledge of ancient languages while employed as a shepherd. By his own intense application to study, before he was twenty years of age, he had obtained an intimate knowledge of the Latin, Greek, and Hebrew languages, with the last of which he was critically conversant. He was also acquainted with the French, Italian, German, Arabic, Persian, Syriac, and Ethiopic. His early career was varied, and he was in succession a traveling merchant, a soldier in the Edinburgh garrison in 1745, and a school-master. He was, from 1750 till his death, minister of the Burgher branch of the Secession Church in Haddington. From 1786 he was professor of divinity for his denomination, and was mainly responsible for the training of its ministry. He gained a just reputation for learning and piety. The best of his many works are his Self-Interpreting Bible and Dictionary of the Bible, works that were long very popular. The former was translated into Welsh. He also wrote an Explication of the Westminster Confession, and a number of biographical and historical sketches. Measures: 11″ W x 13.5″ H.
|Dimensions||3.75" W x 11" D x 13.5" H|
Early 19th Century