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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 F26)

13.5" x 10" x 4.5"  thick
VERY GOOD (VG)  condition

American Bible History: A nicely preserved 1846 Harper Illuminated Bible. Beautiful decorated front and back cover and 5-band raised spine with the text "Holy Bible" and showing various beautiful decorations and illustrations. Beautiful closing clasp.
Dated 1846 with, at foot of title, "entered ... in the year 1843 by Harper and Brothers". Frontispiece and illuminated title to each Testament. Table, Index and Concordance at the end. With Apocrypha.

The work was originally announced in 1843, and was issued in 54 numbers of 25ct each. J.A. Adams, the engraver, is credited with having taken the first electrotype in America from a woodcut. Many illustrations in this Bible are done this way. Artists were engaged for more than six years (!) in the preparation of the designs and engravings included in this Bible, at a cost of over $20,000 (a small fortune in those days!).
"This Harper publication was a remarkable production in its time and place, and retains its importance in the annals of American bookmaking. W.J. Linton, noted wood-engraver and author, knew 'no other book like this, so good, so perfect in all its undertakes.' The illustrations are like picturings of history, as are so many of the old European Biblical paintings and illustrations." [Hill's catalogue #1161]

"Embellished with sixteen hundred historical engravings"    ...more 

Price: $675.00

Price: $795.00

(Stock number C98)

11.5" x 10" x 4.5"  thick
VERY GOOD (VG) condition

A truly UNIQUE (likely from a very limited edition) gold embossed 1852 (pre-civil war - very rare!) Antique Family Bible with an astoundingly beautiful color (likely hand colored) engravings. Gorgeously bound (antiquarian quality restored) gold decorated dark leather covers and spine with gold gilt page edges.  The spine has five raised bands and is imprinted with the gold letter text: "Holy Bible". The covers and spine are very appealing (professionally restored) with exquisite detail and perfection.

In the Bible is a series of about a dozen of the most STUNNING and BEAUTIFUL color engravings to be found in an antique family Bible. The color and richness of the illustrations is truly astounding and exceeds any attempt to show on the pictures below! The colors are so vivid and rich that they almost appear to be wet and like they were painted yesterday. All engravings are protected by special tissue sheets.
 The Bible itself is a Holy Family Bible edition printed in 1852 by E.H. Butler & Co in Philadelphia, 2 volumes bound in 1 book,  with the texts of the King James Old and New Testaments including also the text of the Apocryphal book.
 Restored blank pages to record the weddings and well as family births and deaths have been added at the back of the Bible (see pictures)

This is an AMAZING piece of art!   ...more... 
(stock number D30)
13" x 10" x 3.5"  thick
near EXCELLENT (E) condition

An astounding and surprising treat for the eye: A ca 1860 Bible with a series of 57 COLORED absolutely breath-taking engravings.

A - from a very limited edition - gold embossed ca 1860 Antique Family Bible with superb dark morocco leather boards and nice gilt edges. Gorgeously bound (antiquarian quality restored).  The spine has five raised bands and is imprinted with the gold letter text: "Holy Bible". The covers and spine are very appealing (professionally restored) with exquisite detail and perfection. In the Bible is a series of FIFTY SEVEN of  BEAUTIFUL detailed (hand?-)colored engravings. Each engraving references a Bible verse and has the name of the original painter listed. All engravings are published and printed by AH Payne, Leipzig & Dresden.

 The Bible itself is a Holy Family Bible edition printed ca 1860 by James Hagger in London,  with the texts of the King James Old and New Testaments and published with the notes by the Rev J Brown (reads as a modern day study Bible)
 Original blank family registry pages are found in the front of the Bible.

A RARE antique piece of art!   ...more... 

Price: $995.00

Price: $435.00

(stock number B76)

5" x 3.5" x 0.75" thick (each volume)
close to EXCELLENT (E)  condition

A very rare complete 11 volume Bible set (containing the Old and the New Testament in the King James Version). Beautifully preserved and bound in brown leather with overlapping edges to protect the pages. Each Bible's leather cover is blind stamped and has on the spine in gold letters: 'Holy Bible", "London" and well as the volume number and range of books.

Each volume has an engraved title page and an introduction to the books within that volume. The is a very rare set, especially in this amazing condition & it includes part of the original box with a description of the set on one of the sides (see pictures).
In close to EXCELLENT condition. Complete, very clean pages. Binding of each booklet is in solid and in well preserved order, with leather boards firmly attached with no splitting or weakness to inner or outer hinges, no loss or damage to the leather apart from some occasional light rubbing. The text blocks are firm and secure with no missing, detached or loose pages, and there are no inscriptions present anywhere in the booklets. The leather on the spine of the first volume is somewhat damaged.
(stock number E66)

10 1/4" x 7" x 1 1/8" (each book)
VERY GOOD (VG) to EXCELLENT (E) condition

Amazing and beautiful set of 10 volumes telling 'The Bible and it's Story - Taught by Picture Lessons'. 
Each book is illustrated with wonderful Bible story scenes, and each illustration has a tissue cover page with a short description of the work/scene. These pictures are derived from great artists and include such works as Michelangelo's Ceiling Paintings, as well as other well known and not so well known artists: Julius Schnorr, Charles Baron de Steuben, Rubens, Gustave Doré, Edward Armitage, De Bar, Alexander Cabanel, Horst, Salvatore Rosa, Edward von Gebhardt, Pedro de Moya, Jacobi Carrucci and many others. They cover all of the books of the Bible, old and new testament. Each book has about 192 pages (not counting the illustrations), the total set has 1926 pages (plus an estimated 700+ full page engravings/photo's) and the back of the last has a study section that is separate in the numbering of the pages. The covers and spine are dark green in color (cloth) with gold printed titles and the edges of the pages are gold gilt. Each volume opens with a beautiful frontispiece.
There are no missing pages, stains, pencil marks or other markings on any of the pages. The bindings are solid and tight. The covers are undamaged and just some very slight wear.

A VERY HANDSOME and special Bible set.    ...more details ...

Price: $275.00

Price: $595.00 

(stock number C14)

9 3/8" x 6 1/4", about 1 3/4" thick (each volume) 
PRISTINE and EXCELLENT (E) condition

A remarkable 'as new' set of a three volume Holy Bible with a unique series of 122 full page color plates in pristine preservation!

The Holy Bible contains the Old & New Testament and the Apocrypha. Complete in 3 volumes. Volume I: Genesis to Esther; Volume II: Job to the Minor Prophets and Volume III: St. Matthew to Revelation & the Apocrypha. Illustrated with 122 full page color plates. Text is clean. [16], 1472; [4], 1230; [2], 1374 pp. A very beautiful set in finest early 20th century private press style. The set with only very minor age evidence to the extremities and tips. FIRST EDITION OF THE PRESSING AND BINDING AND AN EXCELLENT PRODUCTION OF THE ENGLISH PRIVATE PRESS MOVEMENT OF THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY. A finely produced Bible representing the printer's arts in the tradition of Morris, Cockerell and St. John Hornby. Foreword by the Lord Bishop of London ("Why should not the Bible be printed as well as the best of other books?"). The plates are by R. Talbot Kelly, J. Fullelove, et al. There is no stated limitation, but Herbert asserts 750 sets were printed. HERBERT 2159.

EXCELLENT condition. Binding: Publisher's deluxe full leather bindings of sienna morocco. Designed by Cedric Chivers of Bath. Elaborately decorated in the Arts & Crafts style. Line and box geometrical designs to both boards and spines in black and gilt. Bindings are solid. TEG. Volumes measure 9 3/8" x 6 1/4". Marbleized endpapers, which remain free from Ex Libris plates and free from signatures. Very minor wear to extremities. Leather retains a rich patina and healthy shine. Complete in every respect. Scroll down for 65 pictures!
A truly VERY UNIQUE Holy Bible set.. ...more details ...
(stock number D76)

11 1/2" x 9", 3" thick 
PRISTINE and EXCELLENT (E) condition

FRANKLIN MINT (King James Version) FAMILY BIBLE
SCULPTURED SOLID STERLING SILVER COVER
FEATURES 40 PLATE ILLUSTRATIONS PRINTED IN FRANCE FROM THE QUEEN MARY PSALTER

The Queen Mary Psalter, a priceless fourteenth century manuscript is housed in the British Library in London, England. This limited edition is the first time these works of art have ever appeared in any printed Bible. This deluxe limited edition Bible was limited to mintage of only 3441 Bibles. This is an actual printed Bible, with an ornate sculptured Sterling Silver cover that contains over 1 pound of silver. It has silk moiré endpapers, a built in silk bookmark, a custom-crafted case for storage and display which opens on one end for easy access to grasp the Bible. It measures 11.5" x 9".
This Franklin Family Bible features extensive "Family History Pages", including pages for husband, wife, children, grandchildren, grandparents, etc., which are all like new and original condition without any personalization. Also includes a number of information sections, like 'the early manuscripts of the Bible'; 'Inspiration and Authority of Scripture'; 'Chronology of the Bible'; '4000 questions and answers'; an encyclopedic index (concordance) and many more tables, overviews and so forth. There is a one page dedication with the name of the original buyer.

This Franklin Family Mint Bible is in EXCELLENT condition. The Sterling Silver cover has a very few (if any) blemishes. The storage case - with velvet protection cloth for the Bible -has some wear, but is fully functional.  Complete in every respect. ...more details ..

Price: $795.00

Price: $425.00

(stock number F58)

14 1/4" x 10 1/4", 3.5" thick 
PRISTINE and EXCELLENT (E) condition

This is a beautifully produced deluxe edition of the “Holy Bible With Illustrations from the Vatican Library” published by Turner Publishing - Oxford University Press in a limited edition in 1995. "The Most Magnificent Bible ever published" (according to Easton Press). Includes 17 Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books and a 16-pages Family Records Album.

This beautiful large Bible is bound in beautiful red/purple cloth with gold stamped decorations and features a hubbed spine, intricate 22-kt gold stamping to the covers and spine, endpapers,  and all edges gilt. Comes with protective matching storage slipbox. This Bible contains historic masterpieces of Renaissance art taken from more than 30 volumes in the Vatican Library and bookmaking with the modern text of the Bible most widely accepted by all religious denominations. It is designed with six-color printing throughout on specially made archival paper.
First (and only) edition. With ninety color reproductions of the original paintings commissioned by the Duke of Urbino and a wealth of hand-drawn decorative artwork from the Vatican library - 263 works of Bible-inspired Renaissance art and 407 ornate decorative elements. All illustrations produced with a six-color printing process, including a special metallic, golden ink formulated exclusively for this edition. Folio. 1,269 pages.
An rare and astounding piece of art..  ...more details ...
(stock number F74)
11 1/2" x 9", 3" thick 
PRISTINE and EXCELLENT (E) condition

This is a beautifully produced leather bound deluxe edition of the “Rembrandt Bible” published by the Easton Press. “The book world is awash in high end collectible bibles, costing from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars. No other book presents the collector with so many choices. For those wanting an heirloom family bible, while wanting to keep their investment moderate, this Easton Press edition is hard to beat. This is especially true if, like me, you like the art of Rembrandt. With the many illustrations in this edition, I find reading it much more enlightening and enjoyable, as Rembrandt’s visual interpretations illuminate the writing in a way that weaves it into one’s consciousness. The extensive encyclopedia section provides another tool for those readers looking for a deeper understanding of what they are reading.” [from Book Edition Reviews]
From the publisher - “Rembrandt Family Bible - Illustrated with 116 Rembrandt masterpieces! This is the kind of big Family Bible "they don't make anymore." Each page of the traditional King James text features clear, readable type and generous margins. An illuminated section allows you to record your family's history. A 225-page Bible encyclopedia section enriches your reading and study. This is a leather-bound heirloom edition your family will treasure forever.”   Manufactured by The Easton Press, this is an Exclusive Leather-Bound Collector Edition that is as beautiful to see as it is to read!
This is a brand new Holy Bible in PRISTINE and EXCELLENT condition. ... more details ...

Price: $395.00

(stock number 159)

3 1/8" x 4 1/8" (each of the 30 volumes)
VERY GOOD (VG) condition

An attractive and appealing thirty (30) volume, numbered set of small books covering the complete Holy Bible - Old and New Testament, published in the 1920s by the Little Leather Library Corporation of New York. Each small book has a brown leather cover. The set is presented WITHOUT the shown book rack. All books are in VERY GOOD condition, covers and pages are intact. Some pages are yellowing but all pages are legible. There are no pencil marks or other markings on any of the pages. The wear of the books is consistent with the age of the books. A hard-to-find gem!. The Little Leather Library Corporation of New York was founded in 1916 by Albert Boni, Harry Scherman and Maxwell Sackiem. It was one of the first attempts to mass-market inexpensive literary classics in the United States. The little Bible set is dark brown, embossed leatherette, that originally sold for $2.97,and the bookends sold for .69 cents!  

Price $195.00

Price: $395.00

(stock number F43)

3 1/8" x 4 1/8" (each of the 30 volumes)
VERY GOOD (VG) - EXCELLENT (E) condition

A rather unique and very attractive thirty (30) volume, numbered set of small books covering the complete Holy Bible - Old and New Testament, published in the 1920s by the Little Leather Library Corporation of New York. Each small book has a brown leather cover.
The set is presented in a beautiful (original - as issued with the Bible set) cedar chest.
Each book has a beautiful dark brown embossed leather cover, in raised lettering on each book is stamped “The Holy Bible,” also on each cover is the book(s) of the bible contained in the volume. In raised lettering on the spine are the book of the bible and the volume number from 1 - 30. The Little Leather Library Corporation of New York was founded in 1916 by Albert Bone, Harry Scherman and Maxwell Sackiem. It was one of the first attempts to mass-market inexpensive literary classics in the United States. A few books have somewhat loose binding but most a in a very good condition. Some creases and signs of wear (as to be expected). No writing in the books, no staining or other damages.
 Overall a VERY UNIQUE set!  ...more... 
 
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