An authentic historical
Illuminated Bible. This is one of the most sought after antique
Bibles printed after 1800 and one of the first (if not the first)
antique family Bible ever printed: "The Illuminated Bible
containing the Old and New Testaments ... Marginal Readings,
References and Chronological Dates also The Apocrypha. To which are
added a Chronological Index, An Index of the Subjects contained in
the Old and New Testaments, Tables of Weights, Coins, Measures, a
list of Proper Names, A Concordance, &c. Embellished with 1600
historical engravings by J.A. Adams more than 1400 of which are from
original designs by J.G. Chapman."
Printed by Harper & Brothers in New York City about 15 years before
the Civil War began, this Bible is widely regarded as the publishing
event of the 1800’s, and the most heavily illustrated Bible ever
printed. This King James Version large family Bible features over
1,600 detailed illustrations, of which almost 200 are so large as to
cover one-third of the page. There are also over 1,000 florally
ornamented initial drop-letters, each one unique with no repeats…
for example, there are over 350 different letter “A’s”.
Many well-known artists were commissioned by the publisher for over
six years (at a cost of about $2 million in today’s dollars) to
produce all the illustrations. This Bible is also the first known
example of using electrotype technology to reproduce original
woodcut engraved illustrations. The undertaking was so expensive;
the publisher had to sell the Bible in 54 parts from 1843 to 1846,
using the money from the subscribers to pay for the ongoing
production until it was completed. The famous woodcut engraver and
author W. J. Linton said that he knew “no other book like this, so
good, so perfect in all it undertakes”.
This edition is also ground-breaking in its detailed center-column
cross-references which show the many places where the Apocrypha is
quoted or referenced in both the Old Testament and in the New
Testament of this King James Version Bible. No Bible before or after
it has offered such a detailed analysis of Apocrypha references,
making the edition not just the most beautiful Bible ever printed,
but also a must-have unique reference work for any Christian’s
This Bible is in a VERY GOOD condition. The binding has been
professionally restored and is solid. Looks like the original spine
with replaced leather on the cover boards. Gold gilted. You can use
and read it as a regular book. There is NO
is bound in a red
leather with some very minor scuffing.
pages. Pages generally very clean, some limited occasional foxing.
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Publisher: Harper & Brothers
Publishers, New York.
Translation: King James Version
Size: 13.5" x 10.5" x 4"
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