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New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; A new pocket dictionary of the English and German languages; The Rubaiyat in English verse; Elegy in a country churchyard; Golden thoughts from great authors.

Author Various
Title New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; A new pocket dictionary of the English and German languages; The Rubaiyat in English verse; Elegy in a country churchyard; Golden thoughts from great authors.
Imprint Glasgow: David Bryce and Sons.
Date of Publication 1895-c. 1910.
Language English
Notes This is a selection of five books published by David Bryce and Sons around the turn of the 19th century. Bryce were well known for adopting the latest technological advances such as photo-lithography. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ measures only 3/4" x 1/2 ' (18mms. x 15 mms.). It is bound in flexible blue leather with the title in gilt on the front cover and spine. On the verso of the half-title the following acknowledgement reads: "The publishers beg to thank the Oxford University Press for enabling them to produce in this tiny form a facsimile of their Pica 16mo New Testament, printed on the very thinnest Oxford India paper ever made." The book is encapsulated in a metal enclosure with an inset magnifying glass to help enable it to be read. The metal enclosure is very similar to the one which accompanies Bryce's miniature edition of the Koran. Shelfmark: ABS.4.203.05(4) , Voyager ID: 3478912 The New pocket dictionary of the English and German languages is dated 1896 and comprises 677 pages. It measures 1' x 3/4' (26mms. x 19mms.) and is bound in red morocco with the titles in gilt on the front cover and spine. It is encapsulated in an exquisite book-shaped silver metal box with inset magnifying glass. The box has been engraved on its upper side with images of flying swallows and plant life. The text is reproduced from the third stereotype Tauchnitz edition. Shelfmark: ABS.4.203.05(2), Voyager ID: 3478903 Bondy states (p. 106) that the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam was first published by Bryce in 1904 and that it was bound in either blue or green calf. This copy is bound in red flexible leather and there is a manuscript inscription on the recto of the front free endpaper which is dated 1898. As in the description in Bondy, the upper cover and spine are richly gilt-stamped with an oriental design and all the edges are gilt. The book measures 2' x 1 1/2' (53mms. x 35mms.). Shelfmark: ABS.4.203.05(3), Voyager ID: 3478914 This edition of Gray's Elegy in a country churchyard was issued by Bryce as part of a series of individual books and sets dedicated to the English actress Miss Ellen Terry. Typical of other titles in the 'Ellen Terry' series, this book measures 2' x 1 1/2' (55mms. x 35mms.). It is bound in dark red suede leather with ruled borders and there are gilt titles on the front cover and spine. The paper edges are gilt and there are blue marbled endpapers. Shelfmark: ABS.4.203.05(1) , Voyager 3478905 The Golden thoughts from great authors measures 1' x 3/4' (27mms. x 20 mms.) and is bound in red flexible leather with the title in gilt on the front cover and spine. Shelfmark: ABS.4.203.05(5) , Voyager 3478899
Shelfmark ABS.4.203.05 (1-5) (see notes)
Reference Sources Miniature Books / Louis W. Bondy. London Sheppard Press, 1981.
Acquired on 10/03/03
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