History & Biography of Jesus Christ 1737 S. Smith rare book 22 fine engravingsBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 18th Century Books, Leather Books, Illustrated Books, Religion, Christianity, Biblical History).
The History of the Lives, Actions, Travels, Sufferings, and Death of our Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ and His Twelve Apostles, by S. Smith.
Published 1737, London by W. Ratner.
800 pages. Text in English. Illustrated with 22 full page copper engraved plates; author portrait frontis + 21 active scenes from the Life of Christ.
Period full diced leather binding, diamond patterned covers, smooth decoratively stamped spine, contrasting gilt title label, edges of boards gilt.
Title page indicates first volume only, however the work continues to include the second volume as well, so work is complete.
Item is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time. Item is not new or in "new" condition.
Binding age worn, small old puncture hole at bottom center of front board, title label slightly chipped, joints slightly scuffed, leather still supple, binding secure and strong, remains overall handsome in appearance, noble, attractive as an object.
Text block paper is toned, internally sound, some scattered foxing or old age staining, a few minor short closed edge tears throughout, flaws of a minor type unworthy of specific mention for such an interesting early 18th century illustrated plate book.
Still very attractive on the shelf, nice book in a pleasing early binding with a mellow age patina. Item displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
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Book Measures c. 8" H x 5" W.