A Leaf from the First Edition of the First Complete Bible in English, The Coverdale Bible, 1535; With an Historical Introduction by Allen P. Wikgren, and A Census of Copies Recorded...

A Leaf from the First Edition of the First Complete Bible in English, The Coverdale Bible, 1535; With an Historical Introduction by Allen P. Wikgren, and A Census of Copies Recorded...
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San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1974. Folio, 45 pp., illustrated throughout including a sepia portrait of Coverdale and a folding facsimile of the original map; and with an original leaf tipped in. A very good copy, in perfect dust-jacket and with the original prospectus loosely inserted. Limited to 424 copies (including a number of “special” copies), thus one of about 400. The leaf is Judith chapters XI–XIII, an iconic “Feminist” leaf as it tells of Judith beheading Holofernes. “The account of the beheading of Holofernes by Judith is given in the deuterocanonical Book of Judith, and is the subject of more than 114 paintings and sculptures. In the story, Judith, a beautiful widow, is able to enter the tent of Holofernes because of his desire for her... For many artists and scholars, Judith's sexualized femininity interestingly and sometimes contradictorily combined with her masculine aggression. Judith was one of the virtuous women whom Van Beverwijck mentioned in his published apology (1639) for the superiority of women to men, and a common example of the Power of Women iconographic theme in the Northern Renaissance.” (Wikipedia). The census of extant copies of the Coverdale Bible was carried out by John Windle and Robert Tainsh at John Howell-Books in 1972/3 as part of a project completing two original copies, thus leaving these leaves available for a leaf book. (Item Id: 106648)

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