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Amazing Antique Christian Family Bibles from the 19th century

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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!

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

Antique family Bible

(stock number C85)

1855 Exquisite and Rare gold decorated Family Bible with gorgeous color engravings and unique color decorated family pages

11.5" x 10" x 3.5"  thick

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

An exquisite (pre-civil war - very rare!) Antique Family Bible with an astoundingly beautiful color (likely hand colored) engravings. Gorgeously bound (antiquarian quality restored) gold decorated black leather covers and (replaced) spine with gold gilt page edges. On the cover is a depiction of the Last Supper with the text 'This do in remembrance of me".  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  BEAUTIFUL color engravings. The color and richness of the illustrations is truly astounding and exceeds any attempt to show on the pictures below! All engravings are protected by special tissue sheets.

 The Bible itself is a Holy Family Bible edition printed in 1855 by John B Perry in Philadelphia,  with the texts of the King James Old and New Testaments including also the text of the Apocryphal book.

Between the Old and New Testament are VERY ATTRACTIVE, never used family registry pages to record marriages, births, and death. Each page has its own color illustration - this is very special! (see pictures)

This is an EXCEPTIONAL pre-civil war piece of art! ...more 

Price: $750.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number D45)

ca 1860 Sublime 2 volume set of Cassells Illustrated Family Bible, with superb engravings throughout

12.5" x 10" x 4.5"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

One of the earliest Illustrated Family Bibles published: Cassells illustrated family Bible - complete, 2 volume set, from ca 1860.

A lovely set in matching fill call blind-stamped bindings extensively illustrated throughout with engravings. Volume 1: Genesis - Psalms, Volume 2: Proverbs to Revelation. Both volumes in full polished tree claf bindings with blind decorated windows on the front and rear boards. Raised bands, gilt lettered label to each volume,

The Bible set is adorned with extensive in-text and full page illustrations as well as a commentary through footnotes.

With a preface and tables of chronology. Extensively engraved title pages, showing Moses and Jesus. Various tables/indices at the end of the Bible as well as a complete Concordance to the Holy Bible. 'designed to furnish a key to the Most Important Passages in the Scriptures.'

A beautiful antique illustrated Bible set! ...more 

Price: $395.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E29)

1864 Beautifully decorated and illustrated Family Bible with unmarked family pages and closing clasp

12" x 10" x 4"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

A beautiful (pre-civil war) illustrated Antique Family Bible by William W Harding. Gorgeously bound (antiquarian quality restored) gold decorated brown leather covers and (gold decorated) spine with gold gilt page edges and decorated brass closing claps. On the cover is a depiction of the Bible with the text 'Search the Scriptures".  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 full page engravings with the texts of the King James Old and New Testaments including also the text of the Apocryphal book.

Between the Old and New Testament are never used family registry pages to record marriages, births, and death. At the end of the Bible there is a complete concordance and the Psalms in metre.

This is an attractive pre-civil war family Bible!  ...more 

Price: $575.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E19)

ca 1870 Majestic (Color) Illustrated National Comprehensive Family Bible, brass corners and clasps,Scott and Henry commentary and unmarked family pages

12" x 10" x 3.5"  thick

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

This majestic - chromolithograph (color) -  illustrated Antique - National Comprehensive Family Bible has ornate brass corners, fully functional metal clasps and gold gilt pages, It is in a beautifully preserved, VERY GOOD to  EXCELLENT condition. It contains a large number of attractive, very rare (for this publishing date) and well preserved  lithographs of original paintings, mostly Gustave Dore, plus a serious of stunning color engravings. The Bible (King James version) itself contains an extensive on-page Scott and Henry commentary (reads like a modern day study Bible).

"The National Comprehensive Family Bible - the Holy Bible with the commentaries of Scott and Henry and containing many thousand critical and explanatory notes ... the commentaries condensed and the whole edited by the Rev John Eadie ... C&A Ross"

Apart from the Old and New Testament, there is a beautifully decorated,  family registry and  portrait section, various tables and indices and an extensive Concordance (Biblical Cyclopedia) and the Psalms in Metre.

A beautiful English antique family Bible  ...more 

Price: $725.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E93)

ca 1870 Amazing (Color) Illustrated National Comprehensive Family Bible, brass corners and clasps, Scott and Henry commentary, with beautiful engravings

12" x 10" x 3.5"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

This amazing - chromolithograph (color) -  illustrated Antique - Practical and Devotional Family Bible has ornate brass corners, fully functional metal clasps and gold gilt pages, It is in a beautifully preserved, VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition. It contains a large number of attractive and well preserved  lithographs of original paintings from the classic masters plus a serious of stunning color engravings. The Bible (King James version) itself contains an extensive on-page Scott and Henry commentary (reads like a modern day study Bible).

"The Practical and Devotional Family Bible - the Holy Bible ... with the commentaries of Henry and Scott condensed by the Rev John M'Farlane ... and a Biblical Dictionary by the Rev John Eadie, with a Scripture Atlas and a series of Illustrations of the Lands of the Bible engraved from photographs taken expressly for this work."

Apart from the Old and New Testament, there is a family registry and  portrait section, various tables and indices, a section on Biblical Antiquities, the Psalms in Metre and an extensive Concordance (Biblical Cyclopedia).

A beautifully engraved antique family Bible  ...more 

Price: $695.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number F16)

1871 Astounding Illustrated King James Family Bible with amazing gold gauffered edges and closing clasp

12" x 10" x 4.5"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

An astounding - early - antique King James Family Bible with full page engravings  in a PRISTINE condition. On the spine in gold letters the text "Holy Bible - 16 Illustrations" is written. The Bible has a fully functional original metal clasp.

What makes this Bible rather unique and special us that The edges of the pages are gold gilt with gauffered decorations - an amazing piece of art!!!

Also the covers of the Bible have gold embossed decorations - including various Bible verses. The text of this Bible is the King James - Authorized- Version. The Bible covers the complete Old and New Testament as well as the books that are often referred to as the Apocrypha

This beautiful Bible also contains a series of full page engravings/illustrations, various indices and tables and a complete concordance. Between the Old and New Testament are a set of family registry pages (with the history of the Mitchell family, including pages with photographs

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

Price: $725.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E89)

1874 Wonderfully illustrated Pictorial Home Bible with unmarked family pages and closing clasp

12" x 10" x 3.5"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

A very clean and beautifully illustrated 'Devotional and Explanatory Pictorial'  Antique Family Home Bible in a VERY GOOD condition. The leather covers and spine are embossed with GOLD lettering and the pages are gold gilt with an original brass fully functional closing clasp

This Bible has numerous illustrations of which many full page and including a  number of chromolithographs.. The text is a  presentation of the Authorized Version (King James) and the Apocrypha. There are many, many additional 'study-aids': "Holy Bible and its history, Analysis of the Bible, Books of the Old and New Testaments; Bible Animals, Eastern manners and customs, the forty years of wanderings, Jewish worship, idols and idolatry, countries and nations of the Bible" and so on.... "With over five hundred illustrative engravings, on steel, wood and in colors".

In the Bible is a series of full page engravings with the texts of the King James Old and New Testaments including also the text of the Apocryphal book.

Between the Old and New Testament are the original, never used - illuminated - family registry pages to record marriages, births, and death. At the end of the Bible there is a complete concordance..

A nicely preserved illustrated antique family Bible!  ...more 

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number F25)

1877 Pristine, in As-New Condition, Illustrated Antique Family Holy Bible, with Brown's commentary and closing clasp

12" x 10" x 4"  thick

EXCELLENT (E) condition.

In PRISTINE and AS-NEW condition: a beautifully illustrated Family Holy Bible, published by William W Harding, including  full page engravings, chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This Harding's Standard Edition of Brown's Self-Interpreting Bible has intricate  decorated covers and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Holy Bible". Gold gilt page and closing clasp. The Bible text is the King James Authorized Version for the Old and New Testament as well as the Apocrypha. There is an extensive - in text - commentary ('Numerous Explanatory Notes') by the Rev John Brown.

 Additionally there is a complete  Concordance and the Psalms in Metre, and "Numerous valuable tables, charts etc." - "Illustrated with Steel-Plate Engravings"

Blank Matrimony page as well as pages to record marriages, birth and deaths (with a few notes) in between the Old and New Testaments. Pages for family pictures in the back.

An As-New Brown's Family Holy Bible  ...more 

Price: $555.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E31)

1870ies Gorgeous National Comprehensive Family Bible, brass corners and clasps, unmarked family pages and Scott and Henry Commentary

12" x 10" x 3.5"  thick

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

A gorgeous- chromolithograph (color) -  illustrated Antique - National Comprehensive Family Bible with ornate brass corners, fully functional metal clasps and gold gilt pages, It is in a beautifully preserved and restored condition. It contains a large number of amazing, well preserved  lithographs of original paintings from the classic masters plus a serious of stunning color engravings. The Bible (King James version) itself contains an extensive on-page Scott and Henry commentary (reads like a modern day study Bible).

"The National Comprehensive Family Bible - the Holy Bible with the commentaries of Scott and Henry and containing many thousand critical and explanatory notes ... the commentaries condensed and the whole edited by the Rev John Eadie ... with a series of pictures after eminent masters, family register, maps, etc"

Apart from the Old and New Testament, there is a beautifully decorated,  family registry and  portrait section, various tables and indices, Psalms in Metre and an extensive Concordance (Biblical Cyclopedia).

A gorgeous 19th century English antique family Bible   ...more 

Price: $695.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number D07)

1870ies Pristine As-New Illustrated Cassell Family Bible, with superb engravings throughout and blank family pages

14" x 11" x 3.5"  thick

EXCELLENT (E) condition.

In astounding - As New - pristine condition: "The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments, with References and a condensed Concordance, Illustrated with more than eight hundred finished engravings - Cassell, Petter and Galpin, London and New York"

-- "Cassell's Illustrated Family Bible - Superior Edition" --

LARGE Bible (14" x 11") beautifully bound in dank leather with half cloth covers, illustrated throughout with engravings. Five raised bands, with the the text "Holy Bible" This true Pulpit-size Bible is adorned with extensive in-text and full page illustrations. With a preface and tables of chronology. Various tables/indices at the end of the Bible as well as a complete Concordance to the Holy Bible. 'designed to furnish a key to the Most Important Passages in the Scriptures.'

Unmarked family register between the Old and New Testament

This is a beautiful  - as good as it gets - antique family Bible  ...more 

Price: $555.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E58)

1870ies (Dore) Illustrated Explanatory Family Holy Bible, with unmarked family registry pages and closing clasp

12" x 10" x 4" thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

Beautifully illustrated Family Holy Bible, published by John E Potter, including  full page Gustave Dore engravings, chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This folio-size Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Holy Bible". Gold gilt pages, original closing clasp and unmarked family registry pages. The Bible text is the King James Authorized Version for the Old and New Testament as well as the Apocrypha.

 Also: Pictorial History of the Books of the Bible; Christian Denominations of the World; Blackwood's Concise Treatise on the Genuineness, Authenticity, Inspiration, Preservation and Value of the Word of God; History of the Translations Miracles and Discourses of Jesus Christ;Indices and tables; and so on (see pictures).... ALSO:  a Pictorial Dictionary of the Bible and a complete Concordance!  "The whole designed to facilitate the study and promote the better understanding of the Holy Scriptures, with several hundred Engravings on Steel, Wood and in Colors"

Unmarked presentation page. Blank Holy Matrimony page as well as unmarked pages to record marriages, birth and deaths in between the Old and New Testaments. Pages for family pictures in the back.

An attractive antique Family Holy Bible  ...more 

Price: $495.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number F07)

1870ies SUBLIME pristine (Color) Illustrated National Comprehensive Family Bible, brass corners and clasps, Scott and Henry commentary and unmarked family pages

13.5" x 10.5" x 4"  thick

EXCELLENT (E) condition.

This SUBLIME in 'As-New' condition - chromolithograph (color) -  illustrated Antique - National Comprehensive Family Bible has ornate brass corners, fully functional metal clasps and gold gilt pages, It is in a beautifully preserved, PRISTINE and  EXCELLENT condition. It contains a large number of attractive, very rare (for this publishing date) and well preserved  lithographs of original paintings, mostly Gustave Dore, plus a serious of stunning color engravings. The Bible (King James version) itself contains an extensive on-page Scott and Henry commentary (reads like a modern day study Bible).

"The National Comprehensive Family Bible - the Holy Bible with the commentaries of Scott and Henry and containing many thousand critical and explanatory notes selected from the Great Standard Authors of Europe and America ... the commentaries condensed and the whole edited by the Rev John Eadie ... Cassell and Company"

Includes a significant number of beautiful full page Gustave Dore engravings!

Apart from the Old and New Testament, there is a beautifully decorated,  family registry and  portrait section, various tables and indices and an extensive Concordance, a Biblical Cyclopedia and the Psalms in Metre.

A SUBLIME illustrated antique family Bible  ...more 

Price: $725.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E95)

1870ies Exquisitely Illustrated National Comprehensive Family Bible, brass corners and clasps, unmarked family pages and many beautiful color plates

12" x 10" x 3.5"  thick

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

This exquisitely - chromolithograph (color) -  illustrated Antique - National Comprehensive Family Bible has ornate brass corners, fully functional metal clasps and gold gilt pages, It is in a beautifully preserved condition. It contains a large number of amazing, well preserved  lithographs of original paintings from the classic masters plus a serious of stunning color engravings. The Bible (King James version) itself contains an extensive on-page Scott and Henry commentary (reads like a modern day study Bible).

"The National Comprehensive Family Bible - the Holy Bible with the commentaries of Scott and Henry and containing many thousand critical and explanatory notes ... the commentaries condensed and the whole edited by the Rev John Eadie ... with numerous coloured and engraved plates a from original paintings by F. Goodall, R.A., Miss Gow, PR Morris, A.R.A. and other eminent masters, coloured maps, family register and portrait album etc"

Apart from the Old and New Testament, there is a beautifully decorated,  family registry and  portrait section, various tables and indices, and an extensive Concordance (Biblical Cyclopedia)

A gorgeous 19th century antique family Bible   ...more 

Price: $595.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number F32)

ca 1880 PRISTINE (Gustave Dore) Illustrated Family Holy Bible with unmarked family pages and original closing clasps

12" x 10" x 4"  thick

EXCELLENT (E) condition.

In an AMAZING 'AS-New' condition: an extensive and comprehensive ca 1880 Illustrated Antique Family Bible including full page (including Gustave Dore) engravings, chromolithographs (color engravings) and maps. Gold gilt pages and closing clasps. This large and pristine Family Bible has intricate decorated covers (showing  various Bible scenes) and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Holy Bible".  The Bible text is the King James for the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha.

 Besides the Bible text itself, there are extensive other resources included, like: Apocrypha, the Psalms in Metre; maps; Complete History of the Books of the Bible, elegantly illustrated;  Cities of the Bible, with descriptive scenes and events in Palestine; Natural History; Manners and Customs of the Ancients History of the Nations of the Bible; Scenes and Events in the Life of Christ and the Apostles; History of all Religious Denominations; and much more, including a complete concordance; a Comprehensive Bible Dictionary.

 "The whole embellished with Numerous Engravings on Steel and Wood."

Illuminated blank never used family registry pages before the New Testament - also pages for family pictures in the back!

A Pristine illustrated antique Family Bible   ...more 

Price: $535.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E49)

ca 1880 Amazing (Color) Illustrated Self-Interpreting Family Bible, brass edges and clasps, with Brown's commentary and unmarked illuminated family pages

12" x 10" x 3.5"  thick

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

Astounding and Amazing mid Victorian King James Family bible with attractive dark maroon leather binding with  embossed decorations and gilt tooling.

Printed in England, this exquisitely - chromolithograph (color) -  illustrated Antique - Brown's Self-Interpreting - Family Bible has ornate brass edges, fully functional metal clasps and gold gilt pages. It contains a LARGE number of attractive and well preserved  lithographs of original paintings from the classic masters, plus a serious of stunning color engravings. The Bible (King James version) itself contains an extensive on-page Rev. John Brown commentary (reads like a modern day study Bible).

"Brown's Self-Interpreting Family Bible: containing the Old and New Testaments; to which are annexed an extensive introduction; marginal references and illustrations; an exact summary of the several books, a paraphrase on the most obscure or important parts; explanatory notes; evangelical reflections etc etc, by the late Rev. John Brown ... with many additional References and a Life of the Author with Numerous Coloured Illustrations in Oil"

Apart from the Old and New Testament, there is an unmarked section for family registry and pictures, an extensive introduction,  and a number of tables and indexes with a complete concordance.

An AMAZING color illustrated antique family Bible   ...more 

Price: $625.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E80)

1882 Well Preserved and Gorgeous (Dore) Illustrated Antique Family Holy Bible, with family registry pages and closing clasp

12" x 10" x 4.5"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

Remarkably preserved,, beautifully illustrated Family Holy Bible, published by B.F. Johnson (A.J. Holman), including  full page Gustave Dore engravings, chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This folio-size Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Holy Bible", "Holy Bible - References - Parallel New Testament - 2000 illustrations". Gold gilt page and closing clasp. The Bible text is the King James Authorized Version for the Old and New Testament as well as the Apocrypha. Plus also the Revised Version for the New Testament presented in parallel columns. There are extensive other resources included, like: Complete History of Each Book of the Bible, beautifully illustrated; Cities of the Bible; Jewish and Egyptian Antiquities; Biblical Scenery; Manners and Customs of the Ancients; Natural History; History of Jewish Worship; Biblical Antiquities; Biblical Explorations; History of Herod; Concise History of all Religious Denominations; Psalms In Metre;  Indices and tables; and so on (see pictures).... ALSO:  an illustrated Comprehensive Dictionary of the Bible and a complete Cruden's Concordance! And a large fold out map of Jerusalem!  "The whole embellished with nearly Two Thousand Illustrative Engravings on Steel, Wood and in Colors - and Chromo-lithographs of Scriptural Natural History - Botany and Zoology"

A very well preserved antique Family Holy Bible  ...more 

Price: $475.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C60)

1880ies Ornate Illustrated Cassell Family Bible with superb engravings throughout and unmarked family pages

12.5" x 10" x 4.5"   thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

Ornate and in well preserved condition: "The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments, with Explanatory Noted, References and a condensed Concordance, Illustrated with more than nine hundred finished engravings - Cassell, Petter and Galpin, London and New York"

Massive beautifully bound Bible in dank leather covers with gold decorations, illustrated throughout with engravings. Four raised bands, with a red label and the gold text "Holy Bible". This Bible is adorned with extensive in-text and full page illustrations.

With a preface and tables of chronology. Various tables/indices at the end of the Bible as well as a complete Concordance to the Holy Bible. 'designed to furnish a key to the Most Important Passages in the Scriptures.'

Unmarked family wedding and register pages bound at the end of the Bible

An Ornate illustrated unmarked antique family Bible  ...more 

Price: $525.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E55)

1890 Pristine Pronouncing Family Parallel Bible, full-page (color) (Dore) engravings, unmarked family history pages and clasps

12" x 10" x 5"  thick

EXCELLENT (E) condition.

In PRISTINE and 'AS NEW' condition: A beautiful, antique, (color) illustrated and very extensive Pronouncing Edition Family Holy Bible, including numerous full page (with many Gustave Dore) engravings, color plates, and chromolithographs (color engravings) and maps. Gold gilt pages and original closing clasps. Beautiful embossed and gold decorated covers showing Bible scenes and a 5-raised band spine with the gold letter texts: "Holy Bible", "Pronouncing Parallel Bible" and "Bible Dictionary and Cities of the Bible - 2000 illustrations". This Bible presents both the King James and the 1881 Revised Version in for the Old and New Testament in parallel columns for easy comparison.

 Additionally: the Apocrypha, color maps, Psalms in Metre; the Books of the Bible, biographical and historical; Cities of the Bible;  Patriarchs, Priests, Prophets and Kings; Biographical Sketches of the Translators and Reformers; Bible Stories for Young People; Four Thousand Questions and Answers and much much more, also including a New Self-Pronouncing Dictionary of the Holy Bible;  Complete Cruden's Concordance, Parables with color illustrations, Hofmann's Gallery of New Testament Illustrations, the Thorvaldsen Gallery, and so on.... Beautiful  illustrations throughout.

Between the Old and New Testament are blank pages for recording births, deaths and marriages. Pages for photo's in the back.

An 'as good as it gets', unmarked and clasped Antique Family Bible ...more 

Price: $750.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E56)

1892 Gorgeous Illustrated (Gustave Dore) Parallel Family Holy Bible with color engravings, blank family pages and closing clasps

12" x 10" x 5"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

Large and attractively illustrated Parallel Holy Bible - in a WELL PRESERVED condition -  including numerous full page (including by Gustave Dore) engravings, chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This 'coffee-table (folio) size' and reference Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Holy Bible", "PRONOUNCING Parallel Bible" and "The Old and New Versions in Parallel Columns - 2000 Illustrations". Gold gilt pages and showing detailed Bible scenes in gold on the covers (including Solomon's Judgment). Original fully functional closing clasps.  Additionally there are extensive other resources included, like: color maps; the Apocrypha;  Psalms in Metre; History of the Translation of the Bible; History of the Religious Denominations; History of the Books of the Holy Bible; Natural History of the Bible; Story of the Old Testament Heroes; Tabernacle in the Wilderness; Bible Stories for the Young; 4000 Questions and Answers; Indices and tables; and so on (see pictures).... ALSO: Comprehensive and Practical Household Dictionary of the Bible, Cruden's Complete Concordance to the Holy Scriptures, and color illustrated parables.

Unmarked presentation page in the front. Blank wedding/matrimony page and pages to record family history in the middle and pages for family pictures in the back.

A well preserved and attractive antique Family Holy Bible...more 

Price: $595.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E98)

1892 Ornate, Beautifully Illustrated (Gustave Dore) Parallel Family Holy Bible with color engravings, blank family pages and closing clasps

12" x 10" x 4.5"  thick

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

Ornate and attractively illustrated Parallel Holy Bible - in a VERY WELL PRESERVED condition -  including numerous full page (including by Gustave Dore) engravings, chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This 'coffee-table (folio) size' and reference Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Holy Bible", "PRONOUNCING Parallel Bible" and "The Old and New Versions in Parallel Columns - 2000 Illustrations". Gold gilt pages and showing detailed Bible scenes in gold on the covers (including Solomon's Judgment). Original fully functional closing clasps. The Bible text is  the King James/Authorized Version in a parallel column presentation with the 1881 Revised Version (of the KJV) for both the Old and New Testament.

 Additionally there are extensive other resources included, like: color maps; the Apocrypha;  Psalms in Metre; History of the Translation of the Bible; History of the Religious Denominations; History of the Books of the Holy Bible; Natural History of the Bible; Story of the Old Testament Heroes; Tabernacle in the Wilderness; Bible Stories for the Young; 4000 Questions and Answers; Indices and tables; and so on (see pictures).... ALSO: Comprehensive and Practical Household Dictionary of the Bible, Cruden's Complete Concordance to the Holy Scriptures, various color full page engravings and color illustrated parables.

An astounding and attractive antique Family Holy Bible...more 

Price: $695.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E96)

1892 As-New Pronouncing Family Parallel Bible, full-page (color) (Dore) engravings, unmarked family history pages and clasps

12" x 10" x 5"  thick

 EXCELLENT (E) condition.

'1492 The Jubilee Year, in Commemoration of the Discovery of America 1892'

An 'As-New' Pristine beautiful, antique, (color) illustrated and very extensive Pronouncing Edition Family Holy Bible, including numerous full page (with many Gustave Dore) engravings, color plates, and chromolithographs (color engravings) and maps. Gold gilt pages and original closing clasps. Beautiful embossed and gold decorated covers showing Bible scenes and a 5-raised band spine with the gold letter texts: "Holy Bible", "Pronouncing Parallel Bible" and "The Old and New Versions in Parallel Columns - 2500 illustrations". This Bible presents both the King James and the 1881 Revised Version in for the Old and New Testament in parallel columns for easy comparison.

 Additionally there are extensive other amazing resources included, like: the Apocrypha, color maps, Psalms in Metre; the Books of the Bible, biographical and historical; Cities of the Bible;  Patriarchs, Priests, Prophets and Kings; Biographical Sketches of the Translators and Reformers; Bible Stories for Young People; Four Thousand Questions and Answers and much much more, also including a New Self-Pronouncing Dictionary of the Holy Bible; Complete Cruden's Concordance, Parables with color illustrations, Hofmann's Gallery of New Testament Illustrations, and so on.... Beautiful  illustrations throughout.

Between the Old and New Testament are blank pages for recording births, deaths and marriages. Pages for photo's in the back.

An 'As-New', unmarked and clasped Antique Family Bible...more 

Price: $695.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number F05)

1892 Exquisite Pronouncing Parallel Family Holy Bible with color and Dore engravings, blank family pages and closing clasps

12" x 10" x 5"  thick

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

Exquisite beautifully illustrated Pronouncing Parallel Holy Bible - in an astounding condition -  including numerous full page (including by Gustave Dore) engravings, chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This impressive reference Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Holy Bible", "PRONOUNCING Parallel Bible" and "The Old and New Versions in Parallel Columns - 2000 Illustrations". Gold gilt pages and showing detailed Bible scenes in gold on the covers (including the Nativity and Moses and the Ten Commandments). Original fully functional closing clasps. The Bible text is  the King James/Authorized Version in a parallel column presentation with the 1881 Revised Version (of the KJV) for both the Old and New Testament. Also included: color maps; the Psalms in Metre; History of the Translation of the Bible; History of the Religious Denominations; History of the Books of the Holy Bible; Natural History of the Bible; Story of the Old Testament Heroes; Tabernacle in the Wilderness; Bible Stories for the Young; 4000 Questions and Answers; Indices and tables; and so on (see pictures).... ALSO: Comprehensive and Practical Household Dictionary of the Bible, Cruden's Complete Concordance to the Holy Scriptures, Hofmann's Gallery of New Testament Illustrations and color illustrated parables.

An astounding and attractive antique Family Holy Bible...more 

Price: $735.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number F50)

1895 As-New Pristine Pictorial Family Combination Bible, (color) full-page (Gustave Dore) engravings, unmarked family pages

12" x 10" x 5"  thick

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

Looks 'As-New' and in Pristine condition! An extensively (partly color) illustrated Pictorial edition of a Red-Letter (the Words of Christ printed in red) Family Holy Combination Bible, including numerous full page (Gustave Dore) engravings,  chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. Gold gilt pages. This Bible is one of the VERY FIRST red-letter Bibles ever printed! This antique and attractive Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers (depicting scenes and verses of the Bible) and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Holy Bible", "Self-Pronouncing Holy Bible" and "Combination Edition - 2000 Illustrations".  The Bible text is the King James for the Old and New Testament showing the revisions to the KJV by the Revised Version via a system of footnotes.

 Also: Psalms in Metre; History of the Religious Denominations of the World; Description of the Israelitish Tabernacle; Comprehensive and Critical History of the Books of the Holy Bible; Story of the Old Testament Heroes; Galleries of Scripture Illustrations; the Wanderings in the Wilderness; Cities and Towns of the Bible; Natural History of the Bible; Biographical Sketches of the Translators and Reformers; Proverbs of Solomon; Bible Stories for the Young; cenes and Incidents in the Life of Our Lord and Saviour;  Four thousand questions and answers, and much more, including a complete Cruden's concordance; Dr. W.M. Smith's Bible Dictionary, and the Parables of Jesus in beautiful color illustrations. 

A TRULY AS-NEW and AS-GOOD-AS-IT-CAN -GET antique family Bible....more 

Price: $625.00

Some very special editions of 1800s Antique (Family) Bibles:

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E85)

1719 Pristine and truly exquisite - red-ruled - superbly illustrated Book of Common Prayer and Psalms - astounding detailed engravings

Octavo. (7.25'' tall x 5.00'' wide x 0.80'' thick)

Pristine - EXCELLENT (E)  condition.

This is for sure of the NICEST prayer books published in the early 1700s!

'The Book Of Common Prayer And Administration Of The Sacraments, And Other Rites And Ceremonies Of The Church Of England...'London : Engraven And Printed By The Permission Of Mr.John Baskett, Printer To The Kings Most Excellent Majesty. Sold By John Sturt.

A TRULY superb engraved edition of the Book of Common Prayer. Printed in a lovely type set resembling handwriting (VERY VERY RARE)

Adorned throughout with superb engravings - multiple engravings on almost every page and beautiful detailled illustrated first initials. The book is red-ruled AND black-ruled by hand throughout (very rare as well).

Bound in a SUPERB gilt decorated full black calf binding. Gilt decor to front & rear boards. Gilt block to spine over raised bands. Hinges solid. Lovely red leather gilt owners label to inner front board.

One of the most attractive period bindings that can be found.

An EXQUISITE red-ruled illustrated antique church and prayer book... ...more details ...

Price $750.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E81)

1843 One-of-a-kind SUPERB Embossed Leather Prayer Book with Gauffered triple Fore-Edge Design and clasp

5 1/4" x 3 1/2" and 1 3/4" thick

EXCELLENT (E)  condition.

One of the most unique Prayer Books we have ever encountered: A Sublime Condition 1843 Book of Common Prayer (with New Testament and Psalter) with deeply embossed wooden, gold decorated front and back covers (with inscription IHS - In His Service). The paper edges are exquisitely gold gilt and gauufered plus have unique fore-edge paintings with the texts "work" (bottom edge), "read- think -pray" (main paper edge) and "learn" (upper edge). The book is 'locked' with a gold colored clasp. WOW!!!

The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church According to the use of the United Church of England and Ireland. M.DCCC.XLIII. Printed at Oxford. Bound with the New Testament and a New Version of the Psalms of David (1843)

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 painting is amazing, but very hard to photograph, we did our best, but this prayer book is so much nicer when you hold the book. ...more details ...

Price: $925.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number F26)

1846 Historical Illustrated Harper Illuminated Leather American Bible with blank family pages and closing clasp

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

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C98)

1852 Astounding, one of a kind, gold decorated Family Bible with exceptional and stunning color engravings

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 

Price: $795.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number D30)

ca 1860 Exquisite, hand-colored, gold decorated Family Bible with exceptional and stunning  engravings and blank family pages

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 75 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 SEVENTY FIVE 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

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible
 

(stock number 987)

ca. 1870 Majestic Cassell's Super-Folio Two Volume Holy Bible with the complete set of Gustave Dore illustrations and unmarked family pages

15" x 12" x 7"  thick (both books together)

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

The majestic edition of Cassell's most famous printing of the 'super folio' size (15" x 12"!) of the complete series of 238 full page illustrations by the famous Gustave Dore. Including the Old Testament (1116 numbered pages with a total of 136 engravings), the Apocrypha (188 pages with 21 engravings) and the New Testament (348 pages with 81 engravings).

Bound in full tooled and gilt dark green covers. Both volumes have the "Holy Bible - Gustave Dore" in gold letters on both the spine, together with the volume number and the books covered in that volume. Volume 1 covers Genesis through Lamentation, Volume 2 Ezekiel to Revelation. All edges are gilt. All Dore plates present as called for in contents. Complete in every respect.

Also includes the original - never written on - family 'death, birth and marriage' pages.

A master piece of Dore's famous work.  ...more 

Price: $1925.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number B76)

1875 RARE Gorgeous and Pristine leather miniature 11 volume set of the Holy Bible

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.

 ...more 

Price: $435.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E66)

ca 1910, The Bible and it's Story - Taught by Picture Lessons (10 volume set)

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 

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C14)

1911 Exquisite and Pristine extensive color illustrated - limited edition - three volume Bible set

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 de 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 ...

Price: $595.00 

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number D76)

1975 Pristine MINT Franklin Sterling Silver 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 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

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E86)

1995 Majestic MINT The Easton Press Collector Limited Edition: The Holy Bible with Illustrations from The Vatican Library

14 1/4" x 10 1/4", 3" thick 

PRISTINE and EXCELLENT (E) condition.

This is a beautifully produced leather bound deluxe edition of the “Holy Bible With Illustrations from the Vatican Library” published by the Easton 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 full leather and features a hubbed spine, intricate 22-kt gold stamping to the covers and spine, silk endpapers, three satin ribbon page markers, and all edges gilt.

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.

Full brown leather binding with gilt decoration on the spine and front board. Decoration and titles in gilt in six compartments between five raised bands on the spine. All edges gilt. Satin moiré fabric endliners. Three satin page markers

Manufactured by The Easton Press, this is an Exclusive Leather-Bound Collector Edition that is as beautiful to see as it is to read!

An rare and astounding piece of art.....more details ...

Price: $1175.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E69)

2000 Pristine MINT The Easton Press Collector Edition: Illustrated Rembrandt Family Bible

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. It is bound in LUXURIOUS black leather with BEAUTIFUL gilt embellishments on the front and back cover and spine and the pages are gilt edged as well. Features extensive "Family History Pages", including pages for marriages, births, deaths, baptism, confirmations, etc., which are all like new and original condition without any personalization.

 .....more details ...

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Antique family Bible

1920ies complete 30 volume Little Leather Library Bible

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!  ...more 

Price $195.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number F43)

1920ies Little Leather Library 30 volume Antique Bible Set in original cedar box

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 

Price: $395.00

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Antique family Bible
The 'traditional' antique family Bible weighs about 10-15 lbs has a 'folio' size (about 13" x 10') and is about 4-6 inches thick. 

Lord's Prayer in a Antique family Bible
the Lord's prayer

 

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.

The King James Bible

As the end neared for the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603), within Parliament a draft is drawn up under an Act of Parliament for the sole purpose of a new version of the Bible: "An act for the reducing of diversities of bibles now extant in the English tongue to one settled vulgar translated from the original."

The resulting (Authorized) King James Version is an English translation of the Bible from the original languages (Hebrew and Greek) begun in 1604 and first published in 1611 by the Church of England. No book has had greater influence on the English language or on the English character. For the next three hundred years the majority of English men and women heard it read aloud Sunday after Sunday and, until within living memory, a very large proportion of people read the Bible with steady, life-long devotion in their own homes. And this great quality was carried to America, where its influence has hardly been less. All antique family Bibles published before 1881 are exclusively in the Authorized or King James translation.

The Revised Version

The Revised Version (or English Revised Version) of the Bible is a late 19th-century British revision of the King James Version of 1611. The New Testament was published in 1881, the Old Testament in 1885, and the Apocrypha in 1894. 

The stated aim of the RV's translators was "to adapt the King James' version to the present state of the English language without changing the idiom and vocabulary," and "to adapt it to the present standard of Biblical scholarship." Further, it was to be "the best version possible in the nineteenth century, as King James' version was the best which could be made in the seventeenth century." To those ends, the Greek text used to translate the New Testament was believed by some to be of higher reliability than the Textus Receptus used for the KJV. 

At the time of the RV's publication, the nearly 300-year old King James Version was still the only viable English Bible in Victorian England. The RV, therefore, is regarded as the forerunner of the entire modern translation tradition. Other important enhancements introduced in the RV include arrangement of the text into paragraphs, printing Old Testament poetry in indented poetic lines (rather than as prose), and the inclusion of marginal notes to alert the reader to variations in wording in ancient manuscripts.

In the United States, the RV was adapted as the Revised Version, Standard American Edition (better known as the American Standard Version) in 1901. 

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.  

Timeline of Bible Translations

1611: The King James Bible Printed; O76ginally with All 80 Books. The Apocrypha was Officially Removed in 1885 Leaving Only 66 Books.

1782: Robert Aitken's Bible; The first English Language Bible (KJV) Printed in America.

1791: The First Family/Illustrated Bible printed in America. Both were King James Versions (including the Apocrypha).

1808: Jane Aitken's Bible: The first Bible to be printed by a woman.

1833: Webster's Bible; After producing his well-known dictionary, Webster printed his own revision of the King James.

1841: English Hexapla New Testament; an early verse-by-verse comparison showing the Greek and 6 English translations in parallel columns.

1846: The Illuminated Bible; The most extensively illustrated Bible printed in America. 

1885: The "English Revised Version" Bible; The first major revision of the King James..

1901: The "American Standard Version"; The first major American revision of the KJV.

1971: The "New American Standard Bible" (NASB) is introduced as a "modern and accurate word for word English translation" of the Bible.

1973: The "New International Version" (NIV) is published and introduced as a "modern and accurate phrase for phrase English translation" of the Scriptures.

1982: The "New King James Version" (NKJV) is introduced as a "modern English version of the King James."

2002: The English Standard Version (ESV) is published as a translation to bridge the gap between the accuracy of the NASB and the readability of the NIV.

 

 

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