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Antique Illustrated King James Bibles from the period 1660-1700
(the first illustrated KJV's were printed in 1660)
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All Bibles are listed in order of publishing date. For each Bible there is a seperate detailed webpage with many, many more pictures that you can reach by clicking on the title of the Bible or at the 'more details' link at the end of the description.
A note on the quality of our Antique Bibles:
We take great pride in the quality of the Bibles we offer. We cannot replace missing pages or undo water damage and so on, but we do make sure that the binding of the pages as well as the covers is in good (daily) useable condition. Therefore most Bibles go through a restoration process where the spines are cleaned of old failing adhesive and loose pages or broken signatures are restored/replaced. Old spine leather is reinforced or replaced and spine reinforcement is applied with new headbands and the cover hinge is extra re-enforced. Also the cover leather is cleaned and treated and if applicable the clasps are cleaned and restored. This is not just a patch job! This process brings the strength of the book back to its original quality!

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(stock number 316)
octavo, 6.75" x 4.5" x 1.75"
VERY GOOD (VG) condition

A very attractive and exquisitely illustrated 1660 King James Holy Bible in daily usable condition, containing the Old and New Testaments in the Authorized King James Version.  Illustrated throughout with about 200 beautifully detailed engravings of Bible scenes. About 100 engravings of the Old Testament (2 per page) with a day-by-day illustration of the Genesis creation description and about 100 full page New Testament illustrations. Both the quality of the preservation as well as the details of these engravings are excellent and remarkably detailed.
"The Holy Bible containing the Old Testament and the New, newly tranflated out of the Original Tongues: and with the former Tranflations diligently Compared and revifed: By his Majesties fpeciall commandment. London, Printed by Henry Hills, and John Field 1660."
Plain leather boards  (original?) with just some minor scuffing. Spine with text: "Holy Bible". The binding  makes for a solid and very useable book that can be used and read (with care) on a daily basis. Very few writings (few minor scribbles from previous owners), no tears (some rough edges at the end of the Bible), clean pages.
A special 350 year old Illustrated Bible for any collection or daily use! ...more details...
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(stock number G23)
Size: 7" x 5" x 2 1/2" (Octavo)
VERY GOOD (VG)+ condition

A MOST ATTRACTIVE AND BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED 1669 KING JAMES HOLY BIBLE (OT, NT and Apocrypha) in VERY GOOD++, DAILY USABLE CONDITION. WITH AN ESTIMATED 150+  DETAILED ENGRAVINGS of BIBLICAL SCENES (by F.H. Van Hove). FROM THE OT INCLUDING A MOST DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DAYS OF CREATION, THE APOCRYPHA AND WITH NT ENGRAVINGS of SCENES FROM THE LIFE AND MINISTRY of THE LORD JESUS CHRIST PLUS PORTRAITS !!! ALSO NUMEROUS FULL PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS IN THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER! THE PLATES ARE FULL PAGE - UTTERLY AMAZING in THEIR QUALITY AND in DETAIL !!!  THE PAGES ARE NICELY RULED in RED THROUGHOUT AND EDGED in GILT
1. BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. Published by Bill and Barker  in 1665. Complete in every aspect (with title and illustrations and tables). Pages are VERY GOOD, Typical light age and use wear, with only light browning to edges and spotting here and there.
2. HOLY BIBLE (Old Testament and New Testament - with Apocrypha) Published in 1669 by John Bill and Christopher Barker. Superb Full Page Engraved Blank Title (presentation page). New Testament Title in Very Good Order. ALL Complete. Pages are VERY GOOD, typical wear with only light browning to edges and spotting here and there. Few repairs to page edges and a cut/repaired corner in the book of Jeremiah
3. BOOK of PSALMES. Published by The Companie of Stationers in 1669. Complete with Title Page. Pages are VERY GOOD, Crisp and Unmarked with only light browning to edges and spotting here and there. All Psalms are present!
a Beautiful Early Illustrated King James Bible! ...more details...
(Stock number: G57)
Size: octavo, 7" x 5" x 2.5" 
VERY GOOD and ANTIQUARIAN RESTORED condition

                            "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: Afsigned of J. Bill & Chr. Barker, Printers to the Kings most Excellent Majesty, 1671."
An exquisitely beautiful and very rare COLOR (amazingly detailed colored by hand likely by the publisher who also did the red-lining) illustrated Bible antiquarian quality rebound with (original?) full leather binding with blind stamped decorations. All page edges gilt. Engraved general title; architectural design. Also a second general title (next to New Testament title): architectural design with cut of royal arms: "The History of ye Old & New Testament in Cutts. Printed by Wm. R, for John Williams in Cross Keyes at Court in Little Brittaine. F. H. Van Hove Sculpsit 1671."
 A beautiful c17th rare (hand) colored illustrated Bible dated c1671 hand ruled in red throughout indicating noble ownership originally and adorned with numerous rare, striking and vivid hand colored illustrations by Fredrick Van Hove in all approx 141 illustrated pages throughout the bible and with some being a large full page illustration and some having numerous illustrations to the page. Superb hard back dark tan leather binding with decorative fine tooling to the borders of both the front and back boards with the spine also having fine decorative tooling, raised ribbing with tooled and gold leaf gilded wording ' Holy Bible ' .

Complete King James Bible, containing both the Old and New Testament ,with dedication page, main title page and separate title page for the New Testament, also dated 1671.  The beautiful original cutts by Frederick Hendrick van Hove ( 1628- 1698) were first published in London in 1671 so likely this was the first or one of the first publications. ... click for more details and pictures ...

Price: $4,950.00

Price: $2,950.00

(stock number G95)
Size: quarto 9" x 7" x 3"  
VERY GOOD + condition

EXQUISITE GENUINE 340 YEAR OLD KING JAMES BIBLE PRINTED AT THE THEATER IN OXFORD 1675 ****THE VERY FIRST EDITION OF THE KING JAMES VERSION**** AND THE VERY FIRST ENGLISH BIBLE EVER ****PRINTED AT OXFORD ! ****
 A VERY RARE EXAMPLE THAT IS LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED WITH 240 E
NGRAVINGS !  THICK QUARTO EDITION

Complete with ALL titles (multiples for the Old and New Testaments) with an added set of beautiful full page engravings!
   100% COMPLETE AND IN VERY GOOD CONDITION!!!
 
 AN IMPORTANT HISTORICAL FIRST EDITION THAT IS HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER BY COLLECTORS AND RARELY COMES UP FOR SALE!

(stock number H14)
Size: octavo, 7" x 4.5" x 2.5"
VERY GOOD + condition

    A gorgeous and extensively illustrated Bible in a very good condition with (original?) crushed morocco binding with gold stamped decorations. All page edges gilt. Later marbled endpapers and free-endpapers.  With blank dedication page!
Illustrated with AMAZING engravings, some signed by F. H. Van Hove. Published in London-John Bill-Christopher Barker
 Fine red leather with gold edge lines and stamping, gold gilt, 6 raised bands with ornate designs on center spine. Each Book has separate paginations.
Contained Within:

The Book of Common Prayer-Complete with 1679 Title page and opposite frontispiece of King Charles II-Contains a few of the more than 115 total illustrations throughout. Not included in the illustration numbering for the Bible's illustrations. Gunpowder Treason and Charles the Martyr. Complete and nice and tight.
The Bible-General Title dated 1671-with a Cuts identifier Many Illustrations throughout the Old Testament. Apocrypha-Complete and including Historical Illustrations.
New Testament-Title page dated 1675 nice and before and after are illustrations of the Apostles and also Apostles' Creed. Closing out this special Bible is a 1676 Psalms in Meter-Sternhold and Hopkins. All Books Complete with some special woodcuts at some endings-see photos.
   A special illustrated KJV Bible!. Click for more details and pictures

Price: $1,450.00

Price: $3,750.00

(stock number G58)
Size: Octavo, 7 1/4" x 5" x 2"
EXCELLENT (E) condition

"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.
 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!
A scarce bible, with an excellent collection of engravings.      ...more details...
(stock number H10)
Size: Octavo, 7" x 5" x 2.5
VERY GOOD - DAILY USABLE condition

    "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. Oxford: Printed for Tho. Guy at the Oxford Armes and the Westside of the Royall Exchange 1681."
A gorgeous and extensively illustrated Bible in a very good condition with (original?) crushed morocco binding with extensively gold stamped decorations. All page edges gilt with gauffered decorations. Later marbled endpapers and free-endpapers.  Exquisite binding!
Engraved general title; architectural design, with Moses, Aaron, Jeremiah and Isaiah and frontispiece of Charles II
 Illustrated with over 100 (estimated) leaves of AMAZING full-page engravings. The Bible also has a complete Book of Common Prayer (with title 1681) and a metric Psalm book at the end - all complete!
Bible text is also complete with titles and prelims.
A special illustrated KJV Bible!     ...more details...

Price: $1,450.00

(stock number C76)
Folio 12 x 9 x 4" 
VERY GOOD (VG) condition

"The Holy Bible Containing the Old Teftament And The New. Newly tranflated out of the Original Tongues, and with the former Tranflations diligently Compared & Revifed. By His Majesties Special Command. Appointed to be read in Churches.
Oxford, Printed at the Theater ... MDCLXXXII [1682]"
An exquisitely beautiful and very rare illustrated 17th century folio Bible with a series of about 175 (!) Biblical illustrations ('histories'). Engraved general title, followed  by a second title; architectural design with cut of royal arms: "The Holy Bile in Sculpture or The History's mentioned i the Old and New Teftament lively reprefented in Copper Culls. London. Printed by Moses Pitt ... Oxford"
 Illustrated with full page (looks like quarto size) AMAZING, engravings, also including a set of portraits of the apostles. The Bible is also bound with an incomplete Book of Common Prayer (lacks before the morning prayers), the complete Apocrypha and the Whole Book of Psalms (date 1682, all metric psalms present, lacks the prayers). The Bible itself is complete in every aspect with a total of 4 title pages!
A scarce bible, with an gorgeous collection of engravings.  ...more details ...

Price: 1475.00 

Price: $1,595.00

(stock number K12)
Size: 8" x 5" x 3" (Octavo) 
VERY GOOD+ (VG) condition

A MOST ATTRACTIVE AND BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED 1695 KING JAMES HOLY BIBLE (OT & NT) in VERY GOOD USABLE CONDITION.  FULL OF DETAILED WOODCUT ENGRAVINGS of BIBLICAL SCENES BY FREDERICK HENDRICK VAN HOVE.  INCLUDING A MOST DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DAYS OF CREATION and WITH NT ENGRAVINGS of SCENES FROM THE LIFE AND MINISTRY of THE LORD JESUS CHRIST PLUS PORTRAITS !!!   THE PLATES ARE UTTERLY AMAZING in THEIR QUALITY AND in DETAIL !!! THE PAGES ARE NICELY RULED in RED THROUGHOUT AND EDGED in GILT !!!
  1. BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER  Published by Henry Hills and Tomas Newcomb in 1688 All complete with title
  2. HOLY BIBLE (Old Testament and New Testament - No Apocrypha) Published by Charles Bill & Thomas Newcomb in 1695 All complete with titles
  3. BOOK of PSALMES  Published by The Companie of Stationers in 1693 Also complete with title page
A GORGEOUS red-ruled 1695 KJV Bible   ...more details ...
 
 
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