First edition of an unusual copy of this Polish Bible story reader, with an imprint altered by an early owner to read a century earlier than it was actually published.
Very good plus.
At a quick glance, it would be easy to assume this Polish children's book of Bible stories is as old as is claims to be – the leaves certainly feel as though they've experienced a spare century or two. However, close examination of the object betrays the "imprint": the woodcut illustrations don't stylistically fit the 1720 date on the title page, and the printer mentioned on the title page's verso doesn't exist. There is also a ghost of an unrelated title under the spine's blind tooling.
This is a fascinating example of how owner interventions may obscure the true nature of a book, though the purpose of the obfuscation in this case is a mystery. Even without the puzzling copy-specific additions, this edition is very rare institutionally: we locate no holdings in OCLC, and only a few scattered holdings in Polish libraries. An compelling artifact worthy of further scholarly exploration.
Read more: Nowy Katalog Ksiażek Polskich które Drukowane Znayduia Się u Wilhelma Bogumiła Korna, page 4.
Wrocław [aka Breslau]: Wilhelma Bogumiła Korna, 1720 [but 1820]. Full title: Bibliyna Historya, Wyjeta Z Ważnieyszych I Większych Dzieł Pana Schmidsa. We Dwóch Częściach Z Których Pierwsza Stare Przymíerze, Druga Nowe W Sobie Zawiera. 6.5'' x 4''. Early quarter-calf binding with marbled boards, blind and gilt tooling to spine. Inconsistently speckled edges. 31 woodcut illustrations. 188,  pages, including index, collated complete. Imprint altered to read 1720. Early manuscript false imprint information to verso of title page, "Imprimatur. / Cracoviæ d. 22 Aprilis 1720. / Piotr Mociła. / Arc. Ep. Crac. et varsovæ." Early owner name to last page, "A. Felix Łukasz Gornicki." Rebacked with apparently recycled calf (letters visible under tooling). Endpapers renewed. Binding with light edgewear, mild rubbing to boards. Leaves with various edgewear and toning, scattered soil and rubbing; a few early printed waste paper reinforcements to gutters. Solid.
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