Lot 35
Cheyne / Miller Family Bible - Bible & vaccination

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Cheyne / Miller Family Bible. - The Bible and vaccination.

George D'OYLY & Richard MANT. [KJV] The Holy Bible…  with Notes … together with appropriate Introductions, Tables, Indexes, Maps, and Plans: prepared and arranged by the Rev. George D’Oyly and the Rev. Richard Mant … under the Direction of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. For the use of Families. Cambridge: printed for the Society at the University Press, 1830. 3 volumes, folio (11 ½ x 9in; 292 x 228mm). Numerous engraved plates, occasional engraved maps. (Crease to the title of vol.II). Contemporary deep purple morocco gilt, covers with outer borders of rules, 500the inner border swirling arabesque fillets and small tools, spines in five compartments with semi-raised bands, the bands accentuated with decorative small tools, lettered in three compartments, the first and fifth compartments with repeat overall design  composed from small tools, gilt ruled turn-ins, cream glazed endpapers, gilt edges to text blocks (splits to joints, but generally sound).

Provenance: Marian Miller (nee Cheyne, 1812-1889) married 11 October 1838 to Taverner John Miller (1804-1867) (of London, see family record in vol.I).

A lavish 3-volume extravaganza, possibly a wedding gift to the Millers: a highly successful upper middle-class London family. The family record at the front of the first volume starts with Marian Cheyne and Taverner Miller’s marriage, details of their nine children follow: place, exact time and date of birth, christening: who officiated, who the godparents were, health: vaccination, result of the vaccination, a note of the severity of the measles infection, etc.

All nine children were vaccinated. The procedure was carried out in each case by their uncle, Robert Romley Cheyne (1811-1886). He was a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (from 1834) and became a Fellow in 1852. He was also licensed by the Society of Apothecaries (from 1834). An active champion of the practice of vaccination, Cheyne had articles and correspondence published on the subject.

George Taverner Miller, b.30 Sep 1839, ‘vaccinated by R.R. Cheyne 18 Decr. 1839’

Marion Elizabeth, b. 3 Jan 1841, ‘Vaccinated by R.R.C. 15 Janry 1841’

Taverner Charles Miller, b.28 Aug 1842 ‘Vaccinated by R.R. Cheyne. 9th Decr. 1842

Alfred Miller, b.8 Sept 1844, ‘Vaccinated by R.R. Cheyne 30th Oct 1844’

Ellen Jane Miller, b.5 March 1846, ‘was vaccinated by R.R.C. in May 1846’

Frederick Miller, b. 12 Dec 1848, ‘Vaccinated by R.R. Cheyne, Febry. 13. 1849’

Thomas Frederick Miller, b. 11 Aug 1850, ‘was vaccinated by R.R. Cheyne’ [no date given].

Louisa Miller, b. 12 Sept 1852, ‘Vaccinated by R.R. Cheyne on Tuesday 14th Dec 1852’

Edward Alexander Miller, b. 7 April 1854, ‘Vaccinated by R.R. Cheyne on Sunday the 17th Septr. 1854’

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