OFFICINA BODONI. STONE, Reynolds. ~ The Holy Gospel According to Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
No.LXXVI of 155 copies for the UK of a total edition of 320. Title page wood engraving by Reynolds Stone, 114 woodcut illustrations recut by Bruno Bramanti after the original illustrations of 1495 by Bartolomeo di Giovanni. Hand-printed in Giovanni Mardersteig’s Zeno type on Fratello Magnani paper. Folio, original burgundy morocco with title in a decorative device blocked in gilt on the upper cover, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, in the original patterned paper covered slipcase. Spine slightly faded, otherwise a very good copy.
The Officina Bodoni was a private press operated by the typographer and printer Giovanni Mardersteig and named after the great typographer Giambattista Bodoni. His illustrated printing of the King James version of the New Testament is one of his greatest pieces of work.