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The Self-Interpreting Family Bible,

with an evangelical commentary by the late Rev. John Brown, minister of the gospel at Haddington containing marginal references.

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London, Thomas Kelly, 1840

a most imposing large format family bible in an excellent state of preservation.

John Brown (1754-1832), minister and theologian was of humble origins and little formal education, and worked as a shepherd in his early years. It was perhaps this background that led him to produce a well annotated bible intended to make it accessible to ordinary men and women

'The Self-Interpreting Bible remained in print until the twentieth century, in much revised form. Brown transferred lists, tables, and other such aids from his dictionary. The Bible was a far more substantial work, which did not prevent its becoming, as Robert Burns bore out, as familiar in Presbyterian households as John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and Thomas Boston's Human Nature in its Fourfold State. Brown's text was furnished with a battery of cross-references, minor marginal notes, short introductions to each book, a summary of contents at the head of each chapter, 'reflections'

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Folio (44 x 29 cm), engraved frontispiece (soft crease along centre), engraved pictorial title (lightly foxed), engraved portrait, 43 engraved plates (minor spotting etc), text in double-columns, contemporary black polished calf gilt, covers with broad gilt panels, spine richly gilt, raised bands, all edges gilt, an excellent example.


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