FIRST WELSH EDITION OF THE BIBLE PRINTED IN WALES
2 folding maps, with Apocrypha present, manuscript family entries to verso of last leaf, New Testament title torn lacking right half, Psalms at rear, occasional short closed tears mostly to margins, slight worm trails towards rear of volume, light toning and dust-soiling, contemporary panelled calf, heavily worn at head & foot of spine, 4to, preserved in a clamshell box with label,
Darlow & Moule 9603. An annotated edition of the Bible, prepared by Peter Williams (1722-1796), a Welsh Calvinistic Methodist, famous as an itinerant preacher. This is not only the earliest Welsh Bible issued with a commentary, but the first edition of the Bible printed in Wales. The prohibitions of the Bible-patent apparently did not apply to texts with a commentary. In 1766 Peter William began to prepare his commentary, taking as his model the English Bible, and in the same year a prospectus was issued. The work was sold in instalments, each part costing 1s., and the publication extended over four years, 1767-70. The Old Testament and the New Testament, with metrical Psalms appended, were comprised in fifteen parts, of which 8,600 copies were printed. The Apocrypha were printed last, and in a smaller number, the purchase of this section being at the subscriber's option: hence some copies omit the Apocrypha. The price of the complete work was £1. This Bible was printed for the editor by John Ross, of Carmarthen, a Scotsman who had learnt Welsh and become an active printer and publisher of Welsh books.
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