BIBLE, Concordance--[George V. WIGRAM and William BURGH (compilers).] The Englishman's Greek Concordance of The New Testament; Being an Attempt at a Verbal Connexion between the Greek and the English Texts. London: Wertheimer & Co. for Central Tract Depôt, 1839.
2° (298 x 194mm). Greek and roman types. Contemporary black morocco gilt over wooden boards, the covers with recessed panels divided into quarters by onlaid gilt red morocco bands, 2 quarters with green and 2 quarters with black arched morocco onlays, the onlays decorated with red morocco inlaid discs and gilt designs, the arches enclosed by neo-gothic gilt quatrefoil decorations, the panels surrounded by onlaid gilt red morocco bands within borders of arched gilt tools terminated in flower tools, the spine gilt in 5 compartments divided by double raised bands enclosing gilt red morocco onlaid bands, titled in one compartment, the others decorated with a cross composed of 4 tools with scalloped designs, surrounded by flower tools and enclosed by neo-gothic quatrefoil cornerpieces, the board edges roll-tooled in gilt, gilt morocco doublures, with central panels of gilt red morocco cruciform onlays lettered 'I.H.S , IT IS FINISHED' on cream morocco panels with onlaid red morocco borders lettered in gilt 'ENTER HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING , AND HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE , BE THANKFUL UNTO HIM , AND BLESS HIS NAME.' and enclosed by neo-gothic onlaid green morocco cornerpieces, the panels surrounded by chequered grids of green, red and cream rectangular gilt morocco onlays decorated in gilt, the doublures with borders formed of roll-tooled gilt black morocco onlaid bands enclosed by a gilt roll interspersed with circular red morocco onlays, red watered silk endleaves, gilt edges, blue silk marker (a few unobtrusive scuff marks, fore-edges of endleaves, board edges, and fore- and upper edges of doublures faded). Provenance: John Burns, 6 October 1916 (1858-1943, inscription on flyleaf); Burns sale Sothebys, part III, commencing 24 April 1944, lot 341, to; Maggs.
A REMARKABLE AND ELABORATE MID-NINETEENTH-CENTURY MOSAIC BINDING, from the library of the socialist leader and book collector, John Burns M.P., who retired from from Parliament in 1918, and received an annuity of $5,000 from the estate of Andrew Carnegie in 1919. As G.D.H. Cole records, 'the rest of Burns's long life was spent mainly in collecting books about old London and the early history of the Labour movement' (DNB 1941-1950, p.124). The ornate decoration of the present binding, and the wording employed on the cruciform onlays on the doublures - 'IT IS FINISHED' - suggest that this copy could have been bound for one of the compilers.