1675/1676 Exquisite and Scarce illustrated King James Bible with Apocrypha and superbly restored with silver bosses and clasps in a velvet clamshell box - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

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    1675/1676 Exquisite and Scarce illustrated King James Bible with Apocrypha and superbly restored with silver bosses and clasps in a velvet clamshell box
Size: Octavo, 7 1/4" x 5" x 2"
Publisher: John Bill and Christopher Barker, London
SUBLIME and EXCELLENT condition

Price: $3,750.00

"The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament And The New. Newly translated out of the Original Tongues, and with the former Translations diligently Compared & Revised. By His Majesties Special Command. Appointed to be read in Churches. London, Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker, Printers to Kings Moft Excellent Majefty, 1676, Cum Privilegio" An exquisitely beautiful and very rare illustrated Bible in a RARE EXCELLENT condition with superbly (antiquarian quality) restored leather covers and spine, gold stamped with red label 'Holy Bible' and solid sterling sliver armor and clasps (almost 3.5 ounces of silver). All page edges gilt. Lavishly illustrated with 161 engravings by F.M. Van Hove.
THE HISTORY OF YE OLD AND NEW TEFTAMENT IN CUTTS FRONTISPIECE, Full page architectural engraving printed by Wm. R. for John Williams and engraved by F.H. Van Houe, sculpist in 1671, features the Bible opened to psalm 119:105 at the top and the royal coat of arms at the foot, blank recto, GENERAL TITLE PAGE, Full page architectural engraving dated 1676, features an angel blowing his horn and holding the Bible, many other ornate details, blank verso, Perfect !  KING JAMES DEDICATION, 1 full page concluding on the verso with the table of contents, 
THE OLD TESTAMENT, unpaginated, features 56 full page numbered engravings that are mis-numbered at times, NO loose, torn or missing pages, straight edges, strong corners, immaculate gutters, nice margins all around with an occasionally tight trimmed headline without loss, paper is strong, bright, clean and supple without brittleness, NO damp staining, NO marginalia, NO odors, virtually free from offensive soiling, THE APOCRYPHA, unpaginated, features 6 full page numbered engravings , NO loose, torn or missing pages, straight edges, strong corners, immaculate gutters, nice margins all around , paper is strong, bright, clean and supple without brittleness, NO damp staining, NO marginalia, NO odors, virtually free from offensive soiling, . NEW TESTAMENT TITLE PAGE, dated 1675, very clean, blank verso, THE NEW TESTAMENT, unpaginated, features 99 full page un-numbered engravings , NO loose, torn or missing pages, straight edges, strong corners, immaculate gutters, nice margins all around , paper is strong, bright, clean and supple without brittleness, NO damp staining, NO marginalia, NO odors, virtually free from offensive soiling,
This Bible is COMPLETE in every aspect

About the restoration: *A masterfully executed work of craftsmanship worthy to preserve and adorn the contents within*
Recently and wonderfully rebound and restored in luxurious, aromatic full leather. Featuring elegant full gold gilt five compartmented spine with raised cords, gold gilt medallions , finely decorated red moroccan label and dated 1675. Covers are wonderfully gold gilt in the Cambrdige style and the page edges are even gold gilted ! New solid sterling silver corners, center medallions and clasps weighing 3.3 ounces were patterned after 17th century originals and skillfully executed by an Italian craftsman. Lovely marbled end papers complete the restoration of this ancient treasure very nicely. Could be used as a daily reader with no condition concerns. An amazing English Restoration Period Bible with plenty of shelf appeal sure to delight both the soul and the senses !
CUSTOM MADE CLAMSHELL STORAGE BOX MADE WITH SUMPTUOUS RED VELVET INCLUDED !

*A WORD FROM THE CONSERVATOR*
This Bible has been professionally rebound and restored including new SOLID STERLING SILVER armour and working clasps . A page by page comprehensive paper conservation was also performed leaving no condition concerns or further actions required . Many newer collectors often call into question the authenticity of our Bibles because of their outstanding , fine condition. As with any item of age, value is determined according to condition-condition-condition ! Each and every leaf is guaranteed authentic as intended by the original printer .This ancient 17th century treasure is NOT a replica, reproduction, facsimilie, reprint or forgery. The fine art of hand bookbinding is alive and well in 2014. 
A scarce bible, with an excellent collection of engravings.  
 
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