Glasgow: William MacKenzie, [n.d.; ca 1870]. Folio (32cm). Half-black morocco, with brown cloth over boards; green foliate-patterned endpapers; [lx],pp; frontispiece, engraved title page, and 34 steel engraved plates. Sound and straight but externally rubbed with minor scuffs, front hinge cracked, generaly clean with scatted foxing: Very Good.
John Brown of Haddington (1782-1787) was a minister of the Secession church, known for his extraordinary autodidacticism. His Self-Interpreting Bible, with its apparatus of cross-references, marginal notes, introductions, summaries, "reflections," and footnotes designed to make the Bible accessible to untaught readers, was first published in 1778 and "remained in print until the twentieth century," becoming "as familiar in Presbyterian households as John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress" (ODNB).