INTERESTING ILLUSTRATED TAKE ON THE BIBLICAL STORY OF JOSEPH

The history of Joseph and his bretheren.

London: n.p., 1750. 12mo. 23, [1] pp. FIRST PRINTING. With woodcut illustaration on title, full-page woodcut on the verso of the last leaf, and 12 woodcut text illustrations. Bound into half-calf and marbled boards with new paste-downs and fly-leaves. A fine copy of a very unusual book. Item #17590

First printing of a very rare and scarce chapbook in verse describing the Biblical story of Joseph and his brothers, with a bit of liberty taken. The text is accompanied by twelve woodcuts depicting important scenes in Joseph’s life such as his dream, his being put in a pit by his brothers, his sale into Egypt, his brothers coming to Egypt to buy corn and making himself known to his brothers. There are also some more “questionable” illustrations of the story (“Joseph and his mistre[ss]”). Chapbooks were typical examples of popular literature; small, affordable and covering a range of subjects including religion and morality.

No copies in North America, according to OCLC.

Price: $2,200.00

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