BIBLE. The Holy Bible; containing the Old and New Testaments; translated out of the original tongues. London, British and Foreign Bible Society, 1866.
4to. Original black calf, blind stamped with decorative patterns [floral and geometric] to front, rear and spine; occasional faint foxing, but otherwise a very good copy, no signs of prior use.
Inscribed by Sir Henry Thompson, 3rd Baronet of Virkees - "From Sir Henry Thompson to Thomas and Charlotte Parker, on their wedding day. Frant, July 25, 1867. Search the Scriptures. V.39" This is a reference to John 5:39 "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me" - You might think it odd to use that particular phrase when gifting someone a bible, given the nature of the verse, I can only assume he had an odd sense of humour.
Sir Henry Thompson [3rd] himself held many clerical offices in his lifetime. From the curate at Holy Trinity Church, Bembridge [Isle of Wight], through Fareham and Hamphire, he was eventually awarded the living of Frant, Sussex, where this book was eventually signed one year before his death at the age of 72.