Copper plate: Paul shakes off the viper from his hand. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. (Acts 28.5)
Artist - Gwin
Engraver - Smith
This antique copper plate engraving bible leaf is over 225 years old, it came from Rev. Dr. Wright's The Christians New And Complete British Family Bible, Being A New, Clear, Full, And Universal Exposition And Commentary On The Holy Scriptures, by Paul Wright. We rescued many engraving plates from this very badly damaged bible! This bible is not dated but is commonly known to be from c1790. The paper is parchment vellum, you can literally feel the oldness and the difference between old and modern day paper, this paper is thicker and more flexible. Please examine the images closely, there may be small imperfections such as edge-wear and edge-tear, foxing, smudges, holes, etc.
This large plate is estimated at about 9.5 x 15 inches, or 24.5 x 38.5 cm. The verso, (the back side) is blank.
The bible title page reads "...The whole embellished with the most elegant set of large folio copper-plates ever published in a work of this kind; finely engraved from the original drawings and paintings of Hamilton, Dodd, Wale, Cipriani, Rubens, Vandyke, Raphael, and others, by those ingenious and celebrated artists, Pollard, Grignion, Goldar, Noble, Rennoldson, Conder, Jenkins, Smith, Thornton, Parker, Heath, Walker, Bartolozzi, &c. &c."
"London - Printed for Alex Hogg, at the King's Arms, No. 16, Pater-Noster-Row and sold by all Bookfellers and news-carriers in Town and Country.
Provenance: With your purchase, you will receive a copy of the original title page from the bible.
This engraving will be mailed in a strong tube.