Bible in shorthand, English. Biblia Sacra: This Booke Containeth the Ould and New Teastement with the Psalmes written per me; Joseph Alstone, manuscript, title in English, text numerous pp. in shorthand, title with ink decoration, text ruled in red, 1f. and some others working loose, later manuscript notes laid down on front endpapers, original red velvet, worn and faded, original silver metal with chased decoration of biblical scenes, symbolism, foliage etc., 2 clasps, g.e., thick 8vo, [?mid seventeenth century].
“This Bible was written by Joseph Alston of Chelsea merchant, younger brother of Sir Edward Alston the great physician Created Bart. 20 Jan. 1682. Buried at Chelsea. 31 May. 1688… . The system of shorthand in which the book is written is Thomas Skeltons Tachygraphy. Joseph Alston leaves by his will to his eldest son Joseph 2d Bart the ‘Character Bible writt with myne owne hand…’ Augustus J.C. Have”.
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