Item #5000792 The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments… appointed to be read in churches. Stereotype edition. Gregory BLAXLAND, Family.
The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments… appointed to be read in churches. Stereotype edition.
The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments… appointed to be read in churches. Stereotype edition.
The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments… appointed to be read in churches. Stereotype edition.
The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments… appointed to be read in churches. Stereotype edition.

The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments…
The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments… appointed to be read in churches. Stereotype edition.

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1822.

Thick octavo, pp [i]-1248 [of 1272]; original machine-pressed light brown leather covers, dark leather spine; in a fitted case.

The Blaxland Family Bible

English Bible published in 1822 by the British and Foreign Bible Society, belonging to Gregory Blaxland and his family, very probably acquired by Blaxland on his 1822 visit to London, the visit during which he arranged for the publication of his Journal of a Tour of Discovery Across the Blue Mountains.

English Bible published in 1822 by the British and Foreign Bible Society, belonging to Gregory Blaxland and his family, very probably acquired by Blaxland on his 1822 visit to London, the visit during which he arranged for the publication of his Journal of a Tour of Discovery Across the Blue Mountains.

The Bible is signed "G. Blaxland" on the title-page, and in the same hand "Blaxland" on the (loose) front flyleaf. The title-page signature has been crossed through in ink but remains legible and is a close match to an example of Gregory Blaxland's signature obtained from the State Library of New South Wales. Further, the title-page of the New Testament is signed "William Blaxland" in a very careful, apparently juvenile hand. On the verso of the same page are listed the names and birth dates of Gregory and Elizabeth Blaxland's children: Eliza (1800), John (1801), George (1802), Charles (1810), Jane (1811), William (1813), Gregory (1817) and Christopher (undated). The first three children were born before the Blaxlands left England for New South Wales in late 1805.

The last born, Christopher, died in his infancy in 1822. We can speculate that the reason Christopher's birth date is not noted, and possibly the reason why the children have been listed at all, was young Christopher's recent death.

Blaxland's wife Elizabeth died in 1826; his second son George died in 1849, and many of Blaxland's friends and associates died during the 1830s and 1840s. He is said to have never fully recovered from these losses: certainly, his later years were characterised by depression, and he killed himself in 1853.

This is a stereotype edition of the Bible, many of which such editions were published in the early 19th century, with stereotype plates set up in various sizes and fonts, this being an octavo set in "small pica" type. This edition happens to be scarce, for no particular reason that we can identify, with the standard bibliography of printed Bibles, by Darlow and Moule, not noting it at all.

Provenance: Acquired by the present owner from a philatelic sale at Abacus Auctions (28 April 2022, lot 4071).

Condition Report: Incomplete, lacking final 12 leaves, last couple of leaves loose and frayed; spine worn, covers detached.

Price (AUD): $5,250.00

US$3,384.51   Other currencies

Ref: #5000792

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