1622 King James Version Family Bible with Five Handwritten Birth Records signed by Sir Paul Neile, Charter Member of 1660 Royal (British) Society of Scientists [Recent LEATHER rebound by Amanda Buck]. Paul Neile was born May, 1613, and died January, 1686.He was a Founding Fellow of THE (British) ROYAL SOCIETY, an elite society of outstanding scientists, founded November 28, 1660 along with Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, William Brouncker, Sir Robert Moray, Dr. William Petty, William Ball, Lawrence Rooke, Dr. The Royal Society was founded at Gresham College and provided with a silver mace by King Charles II in honor of the occasion. King Charles II joined the Society the following year. Neile was known as an outstanding astronomer who, with Christopher Wren, erected a 35 foot telescope at Gresham College, c. Sir Paul Neile was one of the original signers of the Royal Charter for incorporating The Hudson's Bay Company, A. Sir Paul Neile records in this 1622 King James Family Bible the handwritten and signed birth records of each of his five children. The 1622 Bible itself is a complete copy of a very early edition of the 1611 King James Bible. It has the genealogy, book of common prayer, introductory material, book of psalms following the book of Revelation with block musical notations, Apocrypha, complete Old and New Testaments, all title pages, and all the notes one expects to find in these early editions.
A few early introductory pages and ending psaltery pages have been re-backed and the first two pages of Genesis are missing, but apart from the need to be rebound, this beautiful copy is a museum quality item. It is very surprising to find this Family Bible still in private hands.
Further information on this "Royal" British family can be gleaned by Google searches of Richard Neile, Sir Paul Neile, and William Neile. The item "SIR PAUL NEILE 1622 KJV Family Bible Signed Birth Records BRITISH ROYAL SOCIETY" is in sale since Saturday, January 28, 2012. This item is in the category "Antiques\Science & Medicine (Pre-1930)\Scientific Instruments\Other Antique Science Equip".
The seller is "mikebere" and is located in Pensacola, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.