On October 14, 1840 The Times of London carried the following notice: “There is at present, in the possession of Mrs. Parker of Golden Square, a copy of Macklin’s Bible in forty-five large volumes, illustrated with nearly 7000 engravings from the age of Michael Angelo to that of Reynolds and West. . . . . The prints and etchings include the works of Raffaelle, Marc Antonio, Albert Durer, Callot, Rembrandt, and other masters, consisting of representations of nearly every fact, circumstance, and object mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. . . . . The Bible was the property of the late Mr. Bowyer the publisher, who collected and arranged the engravings, etchings, and drawings at great expense and labour; and he is said to have been engaged for upwards of thirty years in rendering it perfect.”
Robert Bowyer (1758-1834) was a miniature-painter and print-publisher, proprietor of the Historic Gallery illustrating Hume’s History (founded 1792, collapsed 1807). He produced this grangerised edition of the Macklin Bible now referred-to as The Bowyer Bible (1791-5). It is now in the Bolton Museum, Lancashire, England.
Thomas Macklin (c.1760-1800) was a printseller and publisher. He began his series of “British Poets” in 1787, and the “Macklin Bible” in 1790. According to the Dictionary of National Biography, “[t]he Macklin Bible endures as the most ambitious edition [of the Bible] produced in Britain, often pirated but never rivalled.”