London: Oxford University Press, 1934. First edition. Quarto (8.25 x 11 inches), original blue cloth with gilt stamped vignette, illustrated endpapers, original dust jacket. Chipping and wear to spine of price-clipped dust jacket. Item #198
"NOBODY HAS EVER WRITTEN STORIES FOR CHILDREN THAT CAN MATCH THE BIBLE FOR THEIR DRAMA AND SIMPLICITY IN TELLING" First edition of this collection of Scriptural quotations, presenting the text of the immortal King James Bible to young readers. "Bible stories, poems, proverbs, prophecies and teaching have the authority of great literature, shaping cultures. The Bible has been, and still is, the spiritual handbook of the faithful, studied and cherished as a companion of daily religious life. It is always both familiar and strange. Men and women who have never opened the covers are aware of it as something old and special." (David Daniell, The Bible in English). A First Bible features 14 extended passages from the Old Testament, followed by 27 passages from the Gospels of the New Testament, "selected and arranged by Jean West Maury." The stories are paired with luminous lithographic plates, a bordered frontispiece (reproducing the front panel of the dust jacket), a title page vignette (echoing the back panel of the dust jacket) and illustrated endpapers printed in red, all by Helen Sewell. The illustrations are "serene, sculptural, at once intimate and majestic." (Barbara Bader, American Picturebooks: From Noah's Ark to the Beast Within). The book closes with a quote from the eleventh chapter of John. A lovely introduction to the Bible for younger readers.