Andrew Comstock's Phonetic New Testament - Bible - Philadelphia - 1848 For Sale
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Andrew Comstock's Phonetic New Testament - Bible - Philadelphia - 1848:
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Possible First Edition with Thomas Wilder, Owner's Inscription. Full leather, gilt cover edges, gilt/black title band on spine. Very good condition overall; pages bright white, scattered foxing, occasional browning, light stain on few page edges. J. Pagan (stereotype). Chart & remarks on alphabet. Comstock's Preface: "Numerous attempts have been made by differentindividualsto construct a perfect Alphabet for the English language. No fewer than six alphabets have been published... The first was published by Dr. William Thornton in 1793; the last, by the editor of this work in 1846. This is the alphabet in which the presenteditionof the New Testament is printed, and is the only one which full accomplishes the object for which so many have long and anxiously waited: it not only has a letter appropriated for every elementary sound, but characters which represent the accents, inflections, and melody of the voice.... The important of a perfect alphabet must appear obvious to ever relecting mind. It is calculated to facilitate the spread of the Gospel, as well as the arts and sciences, who not only among those to whom the English language is vernacular, but among foreign nations, particularly the heathen...."
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