London, Edinburgh, and New York: T. Nelson and Sons, circa 1870. 12 mo. (4 1/2 inches tall), contemporary decorated varnished wooden boards over a gilt maroon morocco spine, blue ribbon marker, owner signatures to blank flyleaf, all edges gilt. An about-fine copy. Item #501
Pocket-size Victorian New Testament published by Thomas Nelson and Sons, this copy bound in a lovely example of a Mauchline Ware tartan binding. The title-page stipulates that this New Testament was "translated out of the original Greek; and with the former translation diligently compared and revised, by His Majesty's special command." This edition was "Printed with Authority" and the verso of the title-page reprints the Licence, which reads in part: "I hereby Licence and Authorise THOMAS NELSON AND SONS, Booksellers in Edinburgh, to print within the premises situated at Hope Park, Edinburgh, occupied by them as a Printing-Office, and to Publish, as by the Authority of Her Majesty, an Edition of the New Testament in Nonpareil type, Quadragesimo Octavo size consisting of Five Thousand copies. J. Moncreif/Edinburgh, 10th September, 1862."
"Mauchline Ware" describes the popular wooden souvenirs produced in Scotland from ochre-colored sycamore wood. Here a brilliant red, green, blue, and black tartan design was transferred from paper onto thin sycamore panels (with “M’Duff” stamped in gold at the top of the front board) and heavily varnished. Maggs, Bookbinding in the British Isles p. 202. A wonderful copy of the New Testament.