Bible illustrations : The Apocrypha : embellished with engravings from pictures and designs by the most eminent English artists

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<p style='text-align: justify;'>This edition of the Apocrypha was published by Cadell & Davies in 1816. The Apocrypha volume completed the Bible project initiated by the publisher Thomas Macklin, 1752-1800.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Macklin's illustrated edition of the Old and New Testaments was published serially between 1791 and 1800. He died a few weeks before the final plates were printed. Hannah Macklin née Kenting, d. 1808 (Thomas' wife) oversaw the publication of the final plates for the Old and New Testaments.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The Apocrypha includes 6 full-page plates designed by Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg, 1740-1812, and engraved by various engravers, and 28 headpiece (14) and tailpiece (8) vignettes, all but one of which were designed by Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg, 1740-1812 and all engraved by John Landseer, 1769-1852. The tailpiece to Judith was designed by Arthur William Devis 1763-1822.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The full page plates were published between 1 June 1815 and 20 February 1816. The vignettes were published between 4 May 1815 and 3 September 1816. Two vignettes bear earlier dates in addition to the dates in 1815-1816 as follows: the headpiece to 2 Esdras has the publication line "Crouch end 1812. Published 3 July 1815, by Cadell & Davies"; the headpiece to the Wisdom of Solomon has the publication line "J Landseer fecit, engraver to the King & FSA June 1813. Published 7 Sep 1815 by Cadell & Davies London".</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Cadell & Davies wrote to Landseer on 28 October 1812 asking him to engrave "the whole of the vignettes for the project edition of the Apocrypha, to compleat Macklin's Bible" and offering him "20 to 25 guineas" for the work (Letter from Cadell & Davies to John Landseer, 1769-1852, 28 October 1812, Box 3, <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href='http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/d/pacscl/FLP_FLPRBDENGRAVERS'>John Frederick Lewis collection of autographs of engravers, 1721-1914 (Bulk 1775-1850)</a>, Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department).</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>In common with the volumes printed for Macklin, the text was printed by Thomas Bensley, 1760?–1835 on Whatman paper in type cut by Joseph Jackson 1733-1792 and Vincent Figgins 1770-1844, Jackon's apprentice.</p>


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