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"When This You See, Remember Me"

 

Three works in one volume. Sextodecimo (146 x 80mm). Bound with the Book Of Common Prayer first, followed by The Holy Bible and the Psalms. Contemporary English red morocco decorated gilt, engraved metal clasps (one wanting), monogram “MT” in gilt to spine. All edges gilt.

 

A good copy, some wear to the binding, rubbed at edges, small piece of loss to upper cover. Wanting front free endpaper.

 

PROVENANCE: Extensive early ownership inscriptions of one Mary Taylor across the first two blank pages and last two blank leaves. These begin on the first blank, “Mary Taylor Her Book 1695”, and continue down that blank as follows:

“Mrs Mary Taylor when this you see remember me 1696”

“Mrs Mary Taylor when this you see remember me”

“Mary”

“Madm Mary Taylor Hor Book June 10th Day 1715”.

To the verso of the first blank there is a long manuscript prayer, and the ownership inscriptions continue on the second blank verso, with:

“Mary Taylor Hor Book June 10th Day 1705” at the head of the page, and

“Mrs Mary Taylor when this you see remember me Anno Dom 1696” to the foot of the page, written upside down.

This last inscription is repeated on the verso of the second blank, this time written at the head of the page:

“Mrs Mary Taylor when this you see remember me Anno Dom 1696”.

At the end of the volume, to the verso of the penultimate blank, Taylor has written her name three times (upside down), before on the verso of the final blank she concludes:

“Mary Taylor Hor Book when this you see remember me”.

 

An attractively produced 17th century bible, with intriguing ownership. The hand seems to differ from inscription to inscription, but appears to be marking the ownership of the same individual. We have located one other volume bearing the mark “Mary Taylor Her Book”, a 1641 edition of Wits Commonwealth in the British Library (Shelfmark: 637.b.48.).

The Holy Bible (Mary Taylor's Copy)

SKU: 179
£950.00Price
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  • Author

    Bible

  • Publisher

    London: John Bill & Christopher Barker; The Stationer's Company

  • Date

    1660-3

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