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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: H67)
Size:  each book: quarto, about 10 1/2" x 9" x 4"
VERY GOOD and WELL PRESERVED condition

A rather UNIQUE offering of a set of the three famous, first edition, first Bibles printed in America by Christoph Saur (Sower in English) in Germantown, Pennsylvania:  the 1743 first Bible printed in America, the 1763 the first Bible printed on American-made paper and the 1776 (also called the gun-wad Bible) which is the first Bible printed from American-made type (font).
Christoph Saur (1693-1758) printed the first Bible (the first Bible printed in the US in a European language - German) - an edition of 1200 copies - in 1743 based on Martin Luther's German translation. He included in the Apocrypha only the books that Luther has used but also added III and IV Esdras (now referred to as I and II Esdras by Protestants) and III Macabees. The verses in Job 19:25-27 are printed in two translations: Luther's and that from the Berleberg Bible.
The 1763 Bible was printed as an edition of 2000 copies (the first Bible printed on American made paper) by Saur's son who was also called Christoph (1721-1784). The third edition was also printed by him in 1776 (3000 copies) and was the first Bible printed with American made letter type. This one is also known as the Gunwad Bible as legend has it that many inbound pages of this edition were used to make cartridge paper during the battle of Germantown, October 4, 1777.
All three Bibles are complete and in VERY GOOD condition.

Price: $11,750.00

Price: $975.00

(Stock number D18)
Large: 14.5" x 10" x 4"
VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT condition
A quite UNIQUE and RARE English, non-KJV Bible: 'A New and Literal Translation of All the Books of the Old and New Testament with Notes, Critical and Explanatory by Anthony Pulver in TWO Volumes [here both volumes are bound in 1 book}, London ... M DCC LXIV"
As per Herbert's Catalog (#1154): This is an Original Version, by a member of the Society of Friends, who is said to have spent 30 years in its preparation. It contains the complete Bible with additional remarks, indices and extensive commentary/notes. Its intention was to become an alternative for the King James Bible that dominated as often the only available translation in the 18th century. It obviously did not succeed and it did not gain much support.
Professionally rebound with new covers and leather spine. Can be read daily without any binding concerns, No writing, some light occasional foxing but all in all the paper is very clean and crisp. A VERY nice and rare Bible indeed! ... more details...

(stock number B57)
6 1/2" x 4" x 1" each
VERY GOOD (VG)  condition

1828 The Holy Bible (complete in 2 volumes, volume 1: Genesis - Job, volume 2: Psalms - Revelation) containing the Old and New Testaments. On the edge of each book is a one of a kind fore edge painting of a scene showing the towns and landscape of Bethlehem (volume 1) and Jerusalem (volume 2).
A fore-edge painting is decoration painted on the edges of a book’s pages by artist. The fore-edge of a book is like the 'fourth edge' - not the spine, the top, or the bottom edge, but the outside edge that a reader would use to thumb through the pages. Originally, this edge was only used for identification, to more easily spot a book when the edges faced outward. As these paintings were done by hand, usually on request of a more wealthy buyer, it makes this Bible absolutely unique, there is no copy of this Bible with this painting available anywhere else!
The fore-edge paintings are amazing, but very hard to photograph, we did our best, but it is so much nicer when you hold one of the books.   ...more details ...
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(Stock number: I81)
Size: 12" x 9" x 3.75" 
VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT condition

       RARE FIRST EDITION of the famous 1841 HEXAPLA! (the first edition is identified by the printed date in red on the title page)
 'The English Hexapla - exhibiting six important English translations of the New Testament Scriptures, WICLIF (M.CCC.LXXX), TYNDALE (M.D.XXXIV), CRANMER [the Great Bible] (M.D.XXXIX), GENEVAN (M.D.LVII), ANGLO-RHEMISH (M.D.LXXXII), AUTHORISED (M.DC.XI) ... preceded by a History of English Translations and Translators ... M.DCCC.XLI'
Beautifully professionally antiquarian quality re-bound with ORIGINAL covers and new spine with original label 'The English Hexapla' in gold. An amazing resource for a parallel study of the 6 major translations from the English Bible translations history, including the Great and Geneva Bible that played a very important role in the translation of the original King James and also including the complete Greek text of the New Testament.
The English Hexapla contains six English translations of the New Testament arranged side by side for easy comparison and reference. The six English translations are: The Wycliffe version of 1380 (the first English scripture), The Tyndale version of 1534-1536 (the first English printed scripture), and Cranmer's Great Bible of 1539 (the first Authorized English Bible). Continuing across each right-hand page is: The Geneva “1557” - translation actually completed in 1560, (the Bible of the Protestant Reformation), The Rheims 1582 (the first Roman Catholic English version), and the 1611 King James First Edition.
A very remarkable piece of scholarly Biblical history. ... click for more details ...

Price: $1,600.00

 

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(Stock number F76)

A very remarkable and rather unique 19th century 'The English Hexapla - exhibiting six important English translations of the New Testament Scriptures, WICLIF (M.CCC.LXXX), TYNDALE (M.D.XXXIV), CRANMER [the Great Bible] (M.D.XXXIX), GENEVAN (M.D.LVII), ANGLO-RHEMISH (M.D.LXXXII), AUTHORISED (M.DC.XI) ... preceded by a History of English Translations and Translators."
Beautifully bound in the very high quality English style binding with leather spine and partial leather covers, 5 raised band spine with title 'English Hexapla' in gold. An amazing resource for a parallel study of the 6 major translations from the English Bible translations history, including the Great and Geneva Bible that played a very important role in the translation of the original King James and also including the complete Greek text of the New Testament.
The English Hexapla contains six English translations of the New Testament arranged side by side for easy comparison and reference. The six English translations are: The Wycliffe version of 1380 (the first English scripture), The Tyndale version of 1534-1536 (the first English printed scripture), and Cranmer's Great Bible of 1539 (the first Authorized English Bible). Continuing across each right-hand page is: The Geneva “1557” - translation actually completed in 1560, (the Bible of the Protestant Reformation), The Rheims 1582 (the first Roman Catholic English version), and the 1611 King James First Edition. ... More details...
(stock number B55)
5" x 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" thick
VERY GOOD (VG) to EXCELLENT (E)  condition

1871 Bible or Church Book with hidden under the gold gilt an ASTOUNDING vertical fore-edge done by Martin Frost, showing Moses receiving the Ten Commandments. It shows Moses holding the two tablets  high above his head, with people fleeing in terror. This is a one of a kind and is signed by Martin Frost.
A fore-edge painting is decoration painted on the edges of a book’s pages by artist. The fore-edge of a book is like the 'fourth edge' - not the spine, the top, or the bottom edge, but the outside edge that a reader would use to thumb through the pages. Originally, this edge was only used for identification, to more easily spot a book when the edges faced outward. As these paintings were done by hand, usually on request of a more wealthy buyer, it makes this Bible absolutely unique, there is no copy of this Bible with this painting available anywhere else! This fore edge painting was done by Martin Frost, one of the (if not THE) most renowned fore edge painting artist of the 20th century.
The Bible itself is published in 1871 in New York.  It is a hard cover and detailed (embossed - black on black) on the front and the back. It has also a metal clasp that snaps together to keep the book from opening. The book has some very little rubbing on the bottom spine. As you open the book, the first page is dated Dec. 26, '73 and shows a person's name, and this was presented to this person by his teacher. The next two pages are dated and signed by the owner of this book detailing events in his life. These two pages are loose but still attached. The fore-edge paintings are amazing, but very hard to photograph, we did our best, but they are so much nicer when you hold the book ...more... 
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