[Apocrypha Combatants. Being a Series of Twelve Caricatures, Illustrative of that Controversy.]
Oblong quarto, original card covers, stitched, ink mss. title, rubbed; 16 lithographs (5 with old colour) from the two 'Apocrypha Combatants' series (1-5, 8-12 of the First Series, 1-6 of the second series; and six further lithographs in the same style. Lacking title sheets. Scarce collection. Some wear, one of the extra plates with a tear into image.
A scarce series of caricatures satirising the controversy over which of the Apocrypha should be included in the bible. Andrew Mitchell Thomson (1779–1831) resigned from the British and Foreign Bible Society in 1824, on the grounds that they had bound up the Apocrypha with the Bible. He used his ‘Christian Instructor’ to condemn them, creating this controversy, lasting until 1836. Apocrypha means 'hidden things' in Greek. The Apocryphical books of the Bible fall into two categories: texts which were included in some canonical version of the Bible at some point, and other texts of a Biblical nature which have never been canonical. Thomas Sinclair (1805-81), born in the Orkney Isles, studied lithography in Edinburgh. He had emigrated to Philadelphia by 1833, where he worked for Kennedy & Lucas before setting up his own firm in 1838. He was one of the first printers in Philadelphia to experiment with colour lithography.
See BM Satire: 15573, etc. As the BM only has 1-6 of the second series it is unlikely more were published (they have only a photostat of plate 2.)
[Ref: 18281] £950.00