Scarce copy of the “Quaker Bible” published in 1764

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The “Quaker Bible” is an eighteenth-century
translation into English of the Christian Bible
by Anthony Purver, a Quaker shoemaker. He
taught himself Hebrew, Greek and Latin in
order to understand the Bible and worked
alone for thirty years in developing his translation.
Another Quaker, Dr. John Fothergill, published this
Bible at his own expense in 1764. Purver’s translation
of the Bible was the only alternative in its day to the
King James Version. However, the book was not a success;
the first edition was the only printing of this work.

purver titleWe are offering a copy of this scarce Bible
(only the second set we have had
in the past twenty years):

[Purver, Anthony, translator]. A New and
Literal Translation of All the Books
of the Old and New Testaments,
With Notes Critical and Explanatory
London: W. Richardson and S. Clark, 1764.
2 volumes. Folio (about 14 1/2″ by 9 1/2″).
[Smith II: 437]

Leather bound, worn scuffed covers, edges worn, missing
large pieces at corners, spines have been crudely repaired
with masking tape which has been painted brown, inner
hinges breaking, bookplates, paper browned and foxed, good.
The books are marked “dupl” in pencil on the title page.

Handwritten presentation: “The gift of Benjamin Ferris to
Wilmington Yearly Meeting.” [Benjamin Ferris was a prominent Hicksite from Wilmington, Deleware] purver signature


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