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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: $950.00

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: $495.00

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)

1876 Pristine and Gorgeous  Illustrated Antique Family Holy Bible, with closing clasp and Apocrypha

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

(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: $625.00

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

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

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number B71)

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

13.5" x 10" x 4.5"  thick

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

American Bible History: A GORGEOUS well preserved 1846 Harper Illuminated Bible. Beautiful gold decorated front and back cover and 5-band raised spine with the text "Holy Bible" and showing various beautiful gold decorations and illustrations.

Beautiful god decorated leather cover showing the Trinity Church in New York City and exquisitely decorated spine referring to F Walker - Binding in NY - VERY NICE!

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: $925.00

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 ...

Price: $315.00

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 630)

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 

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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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