London: Printed by John Field one of His Highness’s printers, 1658.
First Edition. Leather bound. 24mo, 2-1/2 x 4-3/4",  pp., A-2Z¹², engraved title page, separate dated (also 1658) letterpress title page on 2N6r for "The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (register is continuous). Collates complete. A mixed state, with 'Appointed' on the title page, Jer. 2:26 'chief' for 'thief' and 2 Thess. 2:15 'Paul fast' for 'stand fast', though not 'Jesaiah' in the headline of Hh2v or John 7:31 'no miracles.' "According to the BM Catalogue this is the ’genuine’ bible; Fry and Lenox call it ’spurious’"-- Darlow & Moule. Darlow & Moule 662, Wing B2253, ESTC R23800. BOUND WITH The whole book of Psalms: collected into English metre, by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins and others: set forth and allowed to be sung in all churches, of all the people together, before and after morning and evening prayer; and also before and after sermons, and moreove in private houses for their godly solace and comfort; laying apart all ungodly songs and ballads, which tend onely to the nourishment of vice, and corrupting of youth. London: printed by John Field, one of His Highness’s Printers, 1658. 90 pp., A-D9 (lacking the final two leaves of text, i.e., pp. 91-94). "In this edition, title page, line 5 ends: ’metre, by’; page numbers are without brackets."--ESTC (no priority). Wing B2470, ESTC R483411. Straight-grain morocco, spine gilt, gilt border on both boards, paste-paper end papers. Binding separating from the text block at the rear hinge, front hinge repaired, rear pastedown missing, some loss at the fore-edges of a handful of pages, a chip out of the engraved title page which is separating from the block, age-toning to leaf A2, but otherwise clean and bright. Fair. Item #18487
One of two 1658 pocket-sized editions of the King James Bible printed using a pearl-sized font, known as the "Pearl Bible." (It is conjectured that one of the editions was printed by Field, and the other, "spurious," edition was foreign and/or pirated, though it is difficult to establish which is "spurious" and which is "genuine," per A.S. Herbert) This copy unusual for having all three components (Old and New Testaments, Psalms) all dated 1658.