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Antique Roman Catholic - Douay Rheims Family Bibles

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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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The following antique family Bibles are presented in order of date of publication  (click on the picture or the book title for more detailed information):

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E51)

ca 1860 Pulpit size Illustrated Roman Catholic Family Bible with blank family pages and closing clasp

14 x 11 x 3.25"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) to EXCELLENT (E) condition.

A nicely preserved - pulpit size (14"x11"!)  -Roman Catholic antique family Bible with a  decorative cover which consists of  thick leather covered boards embossed and with intricate artwork and a (gold gilt) cross. Fully functional closing clasp and gold gilt pages.

As per the title page : "The Holy Bible, translated from the Latin Vulgate, diligently compared with the Hebrew, Greek, and Other Editions in divers languages. The Old Testament, first published by the English college at Douay, A.D. 1609. The New testament, first published by the English college at Rheims, A.D. 1582. With Annotations by the Rev Dr Challoner ... D&J Sadlier, New York."

The text of this Bible is the so called Douay-Rheims Bible (or Doway Rheims Bible or D-R Bible), which is an English translation from the Latin Vulgate. The text covers the complete Old and New Testament as well as the books that are often referred to as the Apocrypha.

 To support the study of this Bible various notes and explanations are added to the text in chapter descriptions and footnotes. Decorated borders on all Bible text pages. Large number of full page engravings.

Blank family pages between the Old and New Testaments

An attractive early illustrated Antique Catholic Bible ...more 

Price: $725.00 

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E63)

1878 Astounding Illustrated Roman Catholic Family Bible, clasps, unmarked family pages and amazing gold gauffered edges

12" x 10" x 4"  thick

EXCELLENT (E) condition.

An astounding antique Roman Catholic Family Bible with full page engravings  in a PRISTINE and EXCELLENT (E) condition. On the spine in gold letters the text "Holy Bible" is written. The Bible has two fully functional original metal clasps. The edges of the pages are gold gilt with gauffered decorations, including a large cross - amazing piece of art!!!

Also the covers of the Bible have gold embossed decorations - including a cross. The text of this Bible is the so called Douay-Rheims Bible (or Doway Rheims Bible or D-R Bible), which is an English translation from the Latin Vulgate (" ... with Annotations by the Right Rev. Dr. Challoner.."), which are included on the same page as the Bible text and it reads like a modern day study Bible. The Bible covers the complete Old and New Testament as well as the books that are often referred to as the Apocrypha (which are included with the Old Testament).

This beautiful Bible also contains an extensively illustrated Catholic Dictionary of the Bible (90 pages), Geography of the Douay Bible,  Portraits of Supreme Pontiffs, and various tables and overviews. There is a color printed unmarked (never used) marriage certificate,, blank family record pahes and pages for pictures in the back.

A TRUE antique Piece of Art with BEAUTIFUL gauffered gold edges! ...more 

Price: $925.00 

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number D26)

1870ies illustrated Roman Catholic Family Bible with original unmarked family pages and Challoner annotations

13" x 10" x 3.5"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

An antique Roman Catholic Family Bible with full page engravings from the 1870ies: "The Holy Bible, translated from the Latin Vulgate ... with annotations from the Rev Dr Challoner ..." . On the spine in gold letters the text "Holy Bible" is written. The edges of the pages are gold gilt and there are beautiful educations on each page of this Bible.

Also the covers of the Bible have gold embossed decorations - including a cross. The text of this Bible is the so called Douay-Rheims Bible (or Doway Rheims Bible or D-R Bible), which is an English translation from the Latin Vulgate. The Bible covers the complete Old and New Testament as well as the books that are often referred to as the Apocrypha (which are included with the Old Testament).

This antique family Bible also contains various tables and overviews plus an extensive 'Errata to the Protestant Bible' (118 pages). There is a blank presentation page, an  unmarked (never used) marriage certificate and unmarked family registry pages.

Amazing Antique Illustrated Catholic Bible ...more 

Price: $575.00 

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E50)

1870ies Ornate Roman Catholic Family Bible with full page (Dore) illustrations, blank family pages and original closing clasps

12.5" x 10" x 4"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

A well preserved and attractively illustrated  Roman Catholic antique family Bible with an exquisite gold decorated cover which consists of leather covered boards embossed and with intricate artwork, a (gold gilt) cross and Bible related decorations. Gold gilt pages and original, fully functional closing clasps. On the leather spine in gold letter the text "Holy Bible" is written. The text of this Bible is the so called Douay-Rheims Bible (or Doway Rheims Bible or D-R Bible), which is an English translation from the Latin Vulgate ("the Holy Bible containing the entire Canonical Scriptures according to the decree of the Council of Trent ... with annotation by the Rev. Dr. R Challoner"). The text covers the complete Old and New Testament as well as the books that are often referred to as the Apocrypha. Includes Approbations by various American Bishops and Cardinals.

To support the study of this Bible there are a number of additional sections, like an historical and chronological index; an extensive illustrated Catholic Dictionary of the Bible (80 pages), The History of the Holy Catholic Bible (128 pages), and various tables and more....  Numerous full page illustrations (many by Gustave Dore) and color maps throughout.

In the middle of the Bible are blank pages for family records.  Pages for family photographs also at the end.

An attractive clasped antique Roman Catholic family Bible ...more 

Price: $615.00 

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E14)

1870ies Beautiful Roman Catholic Family Bible with full page (Dore) illustrations, blank family pages and original closing clasp

12" x 10" x 4"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG)  condition.

A BEAUTIFUL, well preserved and attractively illustrated  Roman Catholic antique family Bible with an exquisite gold decorated cover which consists of leather covered boards embossed and with intricate artwork, a (gold gilt) cross and Bible related decorations. Gold gilt pages and original, fully functional closing clasp. On the leather spine in gold letter the text "Holy Bible " is written. The text of this Bible is the so called Douay-Rheims Bible (or Doway Rheims Bible or D-R Bible), which is an English translation from the Latin Vulgate ("the Holy Bible according to the Douay and Rheimish Versions ... Revised with annotation by the  Right rev. Dr. R Challoner"). The text covers the complete Old and New Testament as well as the books that are often referred to as the Apocrypha. Includes Approbations by various American Bishops and Cardinals.

To support the study of this Bible there are a number of additional sections, like an historical and chronological index; an extensive illustrated Catholic Dictionary of the Bible (90 pages), Portraits of Supreme Pontiffs; The Tabernacle; and various tables and more....  Numerous full page illustrations (some by Gustave Dore) throughout.

A beautiful clasped antique Roman Catholic family Bible...more 

Price: $595.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E64)

1870ies Gorgeous Illustrated Roman Catholic Family Bible with full page (Dore) illustrations and blank family pages

12" x 10" x 4"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG)  condition.

A GORGEOUS illustrated 1870ies Roman Catholic antique family Bible with an exquisite gold decorated cover which consists of leather covered boards embossed and with intricate artwork, a (gold gilt) cross and Bible related decorations. Gold gilt pages. On the leather spine in gold letter the text "Holy Bible " is written. The text of this Bible is the so called Douay-Rheims Bible (or Doway Rheims Bible or D-R Bible), which is an English translation from the Latin Vulgate ("Potters Approved Standard Douay Edition - The Holy Bible translated fro the Latin Vulgate ..."). The text covers the complete Old and New Testament as well as the books that are often referred to as the Apocrypha. Includes Approbations by various American Bishops and Cardinals.

Numerous full page illustrations (some by Gustave Dore) throughout.

In the middle of the Bible are blank pages for family records.  Pages for family photographs also at the end.

An attractive illustrated unmarked antique Roman Catholic family Bible...more 

Price: $575.00

Some very special editions of 1800s Roman Catholic Family Bibles:

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E15)

ca 1870 Pristine illustrated The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mother Mary, the Mother of God with original closing clasp

10.5" x 7.5" x 2.5"

VERY GOOD (VG)  to EXCELLENT (E) condition.

A rather special and unique illustrated antique Roman Catholic book with full page engravings  and gold gilt pages, in a rare pristine and VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT condition. Bound in attractive gilt adorned and designed raised Victorian leather with gilt borders, gold cross and adornments on boards and spine. Also an original, fully functional closing clasp. On the spine in gold letter the text "Life of the Virgin - Abbe Orsini' is written.

 "The Life of the Blessed Virgin, Mother of God, with the history of the devotion to her ... by the Abbe Orsini to which are added meditation on the litany of the blessed virgin and the lives of St Joseph, St Joachim and St Anne.

Approbations of the Archbishops and Bishops of the United States and other countries in the front of the book. Full pages engravings throughout.

A well preserved Roman Catholic devotional study book  ...more details ...

Price: $425.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E65)

1884 Sublime illustrated Catholic Prayer Book, Key to Heaven, Astounding binding and gauffered edges with clasps

4.25" x 2.75" x 1.25"

VERY GOOD (VG)  to EXCELLENT (E) condition.

The Golden Key to Heaven. A Collection of Devout Prayers and Approved Devotions for Use Among the Faithful.

NY/ Cincinnati/Chicago: Benziger Bros., 1884.

Extremely rare American Catholic prayer book. An exquisitely bound example, this piece is bound in raised and embossed gilt adorned leather, as shown, with a central cross design; a working brass swing clasp and brass board edges, topped off with beautiful gilt to the page edges, gauffered with a stamped design, truly an eye catcher. The covers exhibit minimal wear, overall in fantastic shape. Illustrated with many scenes, borders, plates and figures throughout. Pages lightly browned. Unmarked. Pocket sized, measuring 4.25" x 2.75" x 1.25".

A PRISTINE and VERY RARE Catholic prayer book  ...more details ...

Price: $525.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number 997)

1880ies Very Rare Roman Catholic Salesman Bible - Sample, with color Stations of the Cross and German sample Bibles

12" x 10" x 2"

VERY GOOD (VG)  condition.

A truly unique find: a Roman Catholic 1880ies Bible sampler used to sell the famous Haydock, (color) illustrated Catholic family Bibles door to door. Quite some Protestant samplers have been preserved, but finding a Roman Catholic Salesman Bible is very rare - there were only very few produced, let alone still in existence!!!

This sampler shows a publisher neutral title page (so the salesman/franchise could add their own name) but is dated via copy rights to 1884 the year of the publication of most (color) illustrated Haydock Catholic family Bibles.

This Salesman Bible Sampler offers examples of 3 different Bibles:

- the 1884 black and white illustrated Haydock edition - with black and white picture of Pope Leo XIII and a b/w section of the 14 Stations of the Cross. Examples of the various introductory sections (like the Approbations, Portraits of the Bishops, color maps, Illustrated Catholic Bible Dictioanry, Hisotry of the Books of the Holy Catholic Bible,  Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dore engravings etc etc) are all present as well as a sampling of the Bible text itself.

- the 1884 color edition, with all of the above PLUS examples of the color illustrations (picture of the Pope, Stations of the Cross, Parables of Jesus) are included

- a sampler of the 1880es German language Catholic family Bible with examples of its various sections.

There are off course also examples of the various covers and spines to choose from.

A VERY RARE Roman Catholic family Bible sampler book  ...more details ...

Price: $775.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number D92)

1975 Pristine MINT Franklin Sterling Silver Catholic family Bible with illustrations, extensive blank family pages and original storage box

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 Roman Catholic Bible was limited to mintage of only 1770 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 'Origin, Inspiration and History of the Bible'; 'Synchronous History of the Nations'; 'a Catholic  encyclopedic dictionary (with 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: $925.00

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All US shipping is free via USPS media mail. We try to ship the same day of your order and on average it will take 1-2 weeks for your Bible to arrive. You can select priority mail during check-out for a 2-3 day delivery. We can also ship expedited and even overnight, please call us (360-631-9081) or e-mail us for questions or prices

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Antique family Bible
The 'traditional' antique family Bible weighs about 11-16 lbs has a 'folio' size (about 13" x 10') and is about 4-6 inches thick. 

Lord's Prayer in a Antique family Bible
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When describing our Bibles we use the following definitions for conditions:

* EXCELLENT - not used very often, as this denotes a very, very good book - in "as new" condition.
* VERY GOOD - no major faults but it is not perfect.
* GOOD - below the condition of Very Good with faults that are listed in the description.
* FAIR - the book will be looking quite tired & have quite a bad problem that is listed in the description.
* POOR - this book has a major fault(s) that is described & possibly rather mangled.

What determines the price of an antique Bible?

Generally, the factors that most effect a Bible’s price are:

  • Age… a 1573 printing costs more than a 1673 printing.
  • Size… a 12 to 17 inch tall “pulpit folio” costs more than a smaller Bible.
  • Extra Features…  Uniqueness (first edition), Psalter-Hymnals, Almanac-Calendars, Apocrypha, Maps, Concordances, Illustrations, decorative red ruling, etc.
  • Another thing that detracts from the monetary value of a family Bible is the handwritten genealogical information that they usually contain. Unless you're from a very famous family, or there is an individual in your family who is famous, this handwritten information reduces a Bible's value to a collector.To a lesser extent, the elaborateness of the binding will effect the price, though the age of the binding usually has only a minimal effect, if any, on the price. Most readers/collectors will actually prefer a strong, fresh, new leather binding, to the worn and somewhat less attractive ancient bindings… though some do prefer the quaint, simple, somewhat distressed look of the older bindings.  

     

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