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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

(stock number 962)

1846 Well-Preserved Historical Harper Illuminated American Holy Bible

13.5" x 10" x 4.5"  thick

VERY GOOD+ (VG) condition.

American Bible History: A well preserved  historical 1846 Harper Illuminated American Holy Bible with original gold decorated black leather covers and raised 5-band illustrated spine with the text "Pictorial Bible".

 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"

An historical treasure and daily usable family Bible. ...more 

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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

(stock number D23)

ca 1860 Magnificent Pulpit Devotional Imperial Illustrated Bible, with extensive John Brown commentary

13.5" x 11" x 4.5"  thick

 VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

In a well preserved condition: A pulpit-size gorgeously illustrated and well preserved 'Imperial Illustrated Bible', including full page  engravings. This large size 13.5" x 11" Family Bible has brown leather, gold decorated covers and spine, with the gold-letter text "Imperial Illustrated Bible". Gold gilt pages. The Bible text is the King James Authorized Version for the Old and New Testament. The Bible has an extensive commentary included by the Rev. John Brown as footnotes to the Bible text (like a modern day Study Bible).

Extensively illustrated with engravings based on works from the great artists, like JMW Turner, Rubens,  JD Harding, Overbeek and many others (register is included). There is an index and tables in the back of the Bible.

This Bible is in a VERY GOOD (VG) and DAILY USABLE condition. The binding is holding well and it can be used (with care as always) on a daily basis.  Complete Bible in every aspect. Minor typical wear for its age. Paper is remarkably clean/white (without the usual foxing as so often is the case for this particular Bible) - see the many pictures.

A magnificent pulpit Family Holy Bible   ...more 

Price: $395.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C88)

1865 Exquisitely Illustrated Bible,  with Brown's commentary, fold-out maps and blank family register

12" x 10" x 4.5"  thick

 VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

One of the earlier Victorian King James Illustrated Family Bibles with attractive brown leather binding with embossed decorations and gilt tooling. Five raise band leather spine with the text "Brown's Bible".

Printed in England, this exquisitely - very early-  illustrated Antique - Brown's Self-Interpreting - Family Bible contains a number of attractive, very rare (for this publishing date) and well preserved  lithographs of original paintings from the classic masters, plus a serious of (fold-out) maps. The Bible (King James version) itself contains an extensive on-page Rev. John Brown commentary (reads like a modern day study Bible).

"The Self-Interpreting Bible containing the Old and New Testaments according to the Authorized Version with an Introduction; - Marginal References and Illustrations - ; A Summary of the Several Books -; A Paraphrase of the Most Important Points; - An Analysis of, and Evangelical Reflections upon, each Chapter - and Numerous Explanatory Notes, by the Rev John Brown ... together with a Memoir of the Author ... and above Five Thousand Three Hundred Critical; and Explanatory Notes, and Concluding Remarks on Each Book of Scripture"

A beautiful Brown's antique family Bible   ...more 

Price: $475.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C92)

ca 1870 Pristine Exquisite (Color) Illustrated Bible, brass corners and clasps, with commentary and unmarked family pages

12" x 10" x 3.5"  thick

EXCELLENT (E) condition.

This 'As New', PRISTINE exquisitely - chromolithograph (color) -  illustrated Antique - Brown's Self-Interpreting - Family Bible has ornate brass corners, fully functional metal clasps and gold gilt pages, It is in a beautifully preserved and EXCELLENT condition. It contains a large number of attractive, very rare (for this publishing date) 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 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 from Original Paintings by F Goodall, R.A., Miss Gow, P.R. Morris, A.R.A. and other Eminent Masters, Coloured Maps, Family Register and Portrait Album etc ... John G Murdoch"

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 PRISTINE English antique family Bible   ...more 

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C79)

1874 Ornate and Gorgeous (Dore) Illustrated Antique Family Holy Bible, with unmarked family registry pages and closing clasps

12" x 10" x 4"  thick

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

Ornate and beautifully illustrated Family Holy Bible, published by 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 - Reference - Bible Dictionary and Cities of the Bible - 1300 illustrations". Gold gilt pages and unmarked family registry pages and original fully functional closing clasps. The Bible text is the King James Authorized Version for the Old and New Testament as well as the Apocrypha. Also included: 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 (103 pages) and a complete Concordance!  "The whole embellished with Twelve Hundred Illustrative Engravings on Steel, Wood and in Colors" and a large fold out map of Jerusalem!

An ORNATE antique Family Holy Bible   ...more 

Price: $595.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C93)

ca 1875 Ornate (Color) Illustrated Bible, brass edges and clasps, with Brown's commentary and unmarked illuminated family pages

12.5" x 10" x 3.5"

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

Ornate mid Victorian King James Family bible with attractive dark maroon leather binding with  embossed decorations (with the text in gold: "The Holy Illustrated") and gilt tooling.

Printed in Scotland, 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 number of attractive, very rare (for this publishing date) 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 and on Steel"

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

A beautiful Scottish antique family Bible  ..more 

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number B86)

1878 Well Preserved and Gorgeous (Dore) Illustrated Antique Family Holy Bible, with unmarked family registry pages

12" x 10" x 4"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

Well preserved and beautifully illustrated Family Holy Bible, published by 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 - Reference - Bible Dictionary and Cities of the Bible". Gold gilt pages 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 included: 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 (103 pages) and a complete Cruden's Concordance!  "The whole embellished with Fourteen Hundred Illustrative Engravings on Steel, Wood and in Colors"

A very nice antique Family Holy Bible   ...more 

Price: $465.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C20)

1882 Parallel (Gustave Dore) Illustrated Family Holy Bible with unmarked family pages and original closing clasps

12" x 10" x 4.5"  thick

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

In a GREAT condition: an extensive and comprehensive 1882 Illustrated Antique Family Bible including numerous full page (many Gustave Dore) engravings, chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. Gold gilt pages and closing clasps. This large and pristine Family Bible has intricate decorated covers (showing the Last Supper and various other Bible scenes) and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Holy Bible - References " and "Parallel New Testament - 2000 illustrations".  Also: the Apocrypha, the Psalms in Metre; color maps; Complete History of Each Book of the Bible, beautifully illustrated;  Cities of the Bible, with descriptive scenes and events in Palestine; Biblical Antiquities; Scenes and Events in the Life of Christ; Historical Illustrations of Bible text; Biographical Sketches of Translators and Reformers; Gallery of Scripture Illustrations;; and much more, including a complete concordance; a Comprehensive Bible Dictionary a Bible study book for Sunday school teachers. "The whole embellished with Nearly Two Thousand Illustrative Engravings on Steel, Wood and in Colors."

An amazing illustrated antique Family Bible   ...more 

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number D11)

1882 Gorgeous Parallel (Gustave Dore) Pictorial Family Holy Bible with unmarked family pages and original closing clasps

12" x 10" x 4"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

In a WELL PRESERVED condition: an extensive and comprehensive 1882 Illustrated Antique Pictorial Family Bible including numerous full page (many Gustave Dore) engravings, chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. Gold gilt pages and closing clasps. This large and pristine Family Bible has intricate decorated covers (showing beautiful gold plated illustrations of Bible scenes) and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Holy Bible - References " and "Parallel New Testament - 2000 illustrations".  The Bible text is the King James for the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha plus a parallel printing of the Revised Version for the New Testament. Also:  Apocrypha, the Psalms in Metre; color maps; Complete History of Each Book of the Bible, beautifully illustrated;  Cities of the Bible, with descriptive scenes and events in Palestine; Biblical Antiquities; Scenes and Events in the Life of Christ; Historical Illustrations of Bible text; Biographical Sketches of Translators and Reformers; Gallery of Scripture Illustrations;; and much more, including a complete Cruden's concordance; a Comprehensive Bible Dictionary a Bible study book for Sunday school teachers. "The whole embellished with Fifteen Hundred  Engravings on Steel, Wood and in Colors.". There is also a large color fold out map of Jerusalem.

A very nice Pictorial antique Family Bible   ...more 

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C96)

1884 Beautifully Preserved, Gloriously (Dore) Illustrated Antique Family Bible with full-page engravings, unmarked family pages and closing clasps

12" x 10" x 4.5"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

In beautifully preserved condition: A thick and comprehensive, extensively illustrated edition of a Family Holy Family Bible, including numerous full page Gustave Dore engravings,  chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. Gold gilt pages and original = beautifully shaped (!!) - closing clasps. This large and  loaded antique Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers (depicting scenes of the Bible, including Jesus and the little children and Solomon's judgment) and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Holy Bible - References", and, "With The Old and New Versions of the New Testament - 2000 illustrations".  The Bible text is both the King James and the Revised Version for New Testament And the King James Version for the Old Testament and the Apocrypha. Also: the Psalms in Metre; History of the Translations of the Bible; color maps; Complete History of All Books of the Bible, beautifully illustrated; 100,000 marginal references and readings; Biblical Scenery; Manners and Customs of the Ancients; the Tabernacles and Solomon's Temple; Scenes in the Life of Christ and the Life of St. Paul; Bible Text events illustrated, a Dore Gallery of Scripture Illustrations, and much more, including a Cruden's concordance; Dr. W.M. Smith's Bible Dictionary and the Parables of Jesus in beautiful color illustrations. "Over 2000 Scripture Illustrations on Steel, Wood and in Colors."

A VERY ATTRACTIVE clasped illustrated Family Bible   ...more 

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number D16)

1885 Ornate and Extensively (Dore) Illustrated Parallel Family Bible, with beautiful color plates and closing clasps

12" x 10" x 5"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

Ornate and extensively (many rather unique color plates) illustrated and comprehensive edition of a Family Holy Bible in Parallel Presentation, including numerous full page Gustave Dore engravings (different galleries) , astounding chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This gorgeous Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers (depicting scenes of the Bible, including Moses in the Nile and Solomon's judgment) and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Holy Bible", "The Parallel Bible" and "Bible Dictionary and Cities of the Bible - 2000 Illustrations". Gold gilt pages and original closing clasps. The Bible text is BOTH the King James AND the Revised Version (of 1881) for the Old and New Testament presented in parallel columns to allow for easier comparison.

 Additionally there are extensive other resources included, like: a Complete History of Each Book of the Bible; Cities of the Bible with Descriptive Scenes and Events in Palestine; Parables of our Lord; Life of Christ; Lives of the Apostles and Evangelists; Historical Illustrations of Bible Texts; History of Herod, King of the Jews; Concise History of All Religious Denominations; Four Thousand Questions and Answers on the Old and New Testaments; Indices and tables; and so on (see pictures).... ALSO: a RARE and gorgeous set of color plates in the Old and New Testament, the parables of Jesus with beautiful  lithographs and an illustrated Comprehensive Bible Dictionary and a complete Concordance! "The Whole Embellished with Magnificent Illustrative Engravings on Steel, Wood and in Colors"

A delicious extensively COLOR illustrated Family Holy Bible!   ...more 

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number D27)

1885 Astounding (Dore) Illustrated Parallel Family Bible, with unmarked family pages and gorgeous color plates

12" x 10" x 5.5"  thick

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

Astounding (color) illustrated and comprehensive edition of a Family Holy Bible in Parallel Presentation, including numerous full page Gustave Dore engravings (different galleries) , beautiful chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This gorgeous Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers (depicting scenes of the Bible, including the Temple and the Last Supper) and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Holy Bible", "The Parallel Bible" and "The Old and New Versions in Parallel Columns - 2500 Illustrations". Gold gilt pages. 

 Additionally there are extensive other resources included, like: a Complete History of Each Book of the Bible; Cities of the Bible with Descriptive Scenes and Events in Palestine; Parables of our Lord; Life of Christ; Lives of the Apostles and Evangelists; Historical Illustrations of Bible Texts; History of Herod, King of the Jews; Concise History of All Religious Denominations; Four Thousand Questions and Answers on the Old and New Testaments; Indices and tables; and so on (see pictures).... ALSO: the parables of Jesus with beautiful  lithographs and an illustrated Comprehensive Bible Dictionary and a complete Cruden's Concordance! "Magnificent Illustrative Engravings on Steel, Wood and in Colors" - includes a RARE series of color Old Testament plates of 'David's and Solomon's Story'

An astounding unmarked 'as good as it gets' antique Family Holy Bible!   ...more 

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C01)

1886 Attractive Illustrated (Gustave Dore) Parallel Family Holy Bible with blank family pages

12" x 10" x 5"  thick

 VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

Large and attractively illustrated Parallel Holy Bible, 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", "The Parallel Bible" and "The Old and New Versions in Parallel Columns - Illustrated". Gold gilt pages and showing detailed Bible scenes in gold on the covers (including the Last Supper and the Temple). Additionally there are extensive other resources included, like: color maps; Psalms in Metre; History of the Translation of the Bible; History of the Religious Denominations; History of the Books of the Holy Bible; The Patriarchs, Prophets and Kings of the Bible; The Tabernacle in the Wilderness; Parables of our Lord Jesus Christ; Proverbs of Solomon; Gallery of Scripture Illustrations; Scenes and Incidents in the Life of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; 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, color illustrated parables and a Bible Teachers textbook.

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

Price: $495.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C86)

1886 Ornate and Massive (Dore) Illustrated Antique Family Bible with full-page engravings, parallel translations and unmarked family pages

12" x 10" x 5.5"  thick

 VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

An Ornate and Massive unmarked antique Family Bible: In beautifully preserved condition: A thick and comprehensive, extensively illustrated "Parallel" edition of a Family Holy Family Bible, including numerous full page Gustave Dore engravings,  chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. Gold gilt pages. This extra large (5 1/2" thick) antique Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers (depicting scenes of the Bible, including four Evangelists) and spine, all with the gold-letter text "The Parallel Bible", and, "The Old and New Versions in Parallel Columns - 2000 illustrations".Also: the Apocrypha, Psalms in Metre; History of the Translations of the Bible; color maps; Complete History of All Books of the Bible, beautifully illustrated; 100,000 marginal references and readings; Biblical Scenery; Manners and Customs of the Ancients; the Tabernacles and Solomon's Temple; Scenes in the Life of Christ and the Life of St. Paul; Bible Text events illustrated, a Dore Gallery of Scripture Illustrations, and much more, including a Cruden's concordance; Dr. W.M. Smith's Bible Dictionary and the Parables of Jesus with full page Illustrations. "The Whole Embellished with 2000 Scripture Illustrations on Steel, Wood and in Colors."

An ornate and massive illustrated unmarked Family Bible ...more 

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number B83)

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

12" x 10" x 5"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) 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 "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, and so on.... Beautiful  illustrations throughout.

A well preserved, unmarked and clasped Antique Family Bible ...more 

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C73)

1890 Pristine Extensively color (Dore) Illustrated Parallel Family Bible, with unmarked family pages and closing clasps

12" x 10" x 5.5"  thick

EXCELLENT (E) condition.

PRISTINE 'As New' and extensively color illustrated and comprehensive edition of a Family Holy Bible in Parallel Presentation, including numerous full page Gustave Dore engravings (different galleries), astounding chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This gorgeous Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers (depicting scenes of the Bible, including the Nativity and the arrival of the Magi) and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Holy Bible", "The Parallel Bible" and "The Old and New Versions in Parallel Columns - 2500 Illustrations". Gold gilt pages and original fully functional closing clasps. The Bible text is BOTH the King James AND the Revised Version (of 1881) for the Old and New Testament presented in parallel columns to allow for easier comparison.

 Additionally there are extensive other resources included, like: A Complete History of Each Book of the Bible; Cities of the Bible with Descriptive Scenes and Events in Palestine; Parables of our Lord; Life of Christ; Lives of the Apostles and Evangelists; Historical Illustrations of Bible Texts; History of Herod, King of the Jews; Concise History of All Religious Denominations; Four Thousand Questions and Answers; Psalms In Metre;  Indices and tables; and so on (see pictures).... ALSO: the parables of Jesus with beautiful  lithographs and an illustrated Comprehensive Bible Dictionary and a complete Cruden's Concordance! "The whole embellished with Magnificent Illustrative Engravings on Steel, Wood and in Colors"

A delicious unmarked antique Family Holy Bible!...more 

Bible is SOLD

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C46)

1891 PRISTINE Gorgeous Illustrated (Gustave Dore) Parallel Family Holy Bible with blank illuminated family pages and closing clasps

12" x 10" x 5"  thick

EXCELLENT (E)  condition.

Large and attractively illustrated Parallel Holy Bible - in an 'AS NEW' and PRISTINE 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", "The 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 Last Supper and the Temple). Original fully functional closing clasps. Also: color maps; Psalms in Metre; History of the Translation of the Bible; History of the Religious Denominations; History of the Books of the Holy Bible; The Patriarchs, Prophets and Kings of the Bible; The Tabernacle in the Wilderness; Parables of our Lord Jesus Christ; Proverbs of Solomon; Gallery of Scripture Illustrations; Scenes and Incidents in the Life of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; 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, color illustrated parables and a Bible Teachers textbook.

An astounding pristine antique Family Holy Bible ...more 

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number B51)

1893 Gloriously Preserved color (Dore) Illustrated Parallel Family Bible, with unmarked family pages and special galleries of illustrations

12" x 10" x 5"  thick

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

1892-93 Pristine and Astounding color illustrated and comprehensive "Pronouncing" edition of a Family Holy Bible in Parallel Presentation, including numerous full page Gustave Dore engravings (different galleries) , various chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This gorgeous Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers (depicting scenes of the Bible, focused on the Jesus' birth).

 Additionally there are extensive other resources included, like: A Complete History of Each Book of the Bible, beautifully illustrated; Cities of the Bible with Descriptive Scenes and Events in Palestine; Parables of our Lord; Life of Christ; Lives of the Apostles and Evangelists; Animated Nature of the Bible Lands;  Historical Illustrations of Bible Texts; History of Herod, King of the Jews; Concise History of All Religious Denominations; Bible Text Book; Four Thousand Questions and Answers Psalms In Metre;  Bible Stories for the Young; Indices and tables; and so on (see pictures).... ALSO: the parables of Jesus with beautiful color lithographs and an illustrated Comprehensive Bible Dictionary, a complete Cruden's Concordance, the Hofmann Gallery of New Testament illustrations and the Thorvaldsen Gallery! "The Whole Embellished with Magnificent Illustrative Engravings on Steel, Wood and in Colors"

A glorious unmarked antique family Bible !!!  ...more 

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C95)

1895 Beautifully color illustrated Combination Family Bible with unmarked family pages and Dore & Hofmann galleries and clasps

12" x 10" x 4.5"  thick

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

A stunning and beautifully (color) illustrated Self-Pronouncing Pictorial edition of a Family Holy Combination Bible, including numerous full page engravings,  chromolithographs (color engravings and plates) and color maps from the mid 1890ies. Gold gilt pages and closing clasps. This very attractive Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers (depicting scenes of the Bible, including the Last Supper and the temple of Solomon) and spine. Also: the Psalms in Metre; color maps and color engravings; a History of the Books of the Holy Bible, beautifully illustrated; Natural History of the Bible; Biographical Sketches of the Translators, Reformers and Martyrs; The Tabernacle in the Wilderness; Stories of Old Testament Heroes; My Father's House; Captivating Bible Stories for Young; Proverbs of Solomon; Parables of our Lord; Lives of the Apostles and Evangelists; Historical Illustrations of Bible Text; Four thousand Questions and Answers; various Galleries of Scripture Illustrations, and much more, including a complete concordance; Complete and Practical Household Bible Dictionary, Hofmann's Gallery of New Testament Illustrations and the Parables of Jesus in beautiful color illustrations.

An attractive and affordable family combination Bible ...more 

Price: $645.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number D01)

1895-1900 Gorgeous color illustrated Combination Family Bible with unmarked family pages, Dore and Hofmann galleries and closing clasps

12" x 10" x 4.5"  thick

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

A gorgeous and beautifully (color) illustrated Self-Pronouncing Pictorial edition of a Family Holy Combination Bible, including numerous full page engravings,  chromolithographs (color engravings and plates) and color maps from the mid 1890ies. Gold gilt pages and fully functional closing clasps. This very attractive Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers (depicting scenes of the Bible, including the Last Supper and the temple of Solomon) and spine. Also: the Psalms in Metre; color maps and color engravings; a History of the Books of the Holy Bible, beautifully illustrated; Natural History of the Bible; Biographical Sketches of the Translators, Reformers and Martyrs; The Tabernacle in the Wilderness; Stories of Old Testament Heroes; My Father's House; Captivating Bible Stories for Young; Proverbs of Solomon; Parables of our Lord; Lives of the Apostles and Evangelists; Historical Illustrations of Bible Text; Four thousand Questions and Answers; various Galleries of Scripture Illustrations, and much more, including a complete concordance; Complete and Practical Household Bible Dictionary, Hofmann's Gallery of New Testament Illustrations and the Parables of Jesus in beautiful color illustrations.

A gorgeous antique family combination Bible ...more 

Price: $595.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C42)

ca 1900 Gorgeous PRISTINE Antique Family Bible with beautiful full-page (color) (Dore) engravings and closing clasps

12" x 10" x 5"  thick

EXCELLENT (E) condition.

A gorgeous and 'as new' preserved, turn of the century, antique, (color) illustrated and very extensively 'loaded', Pronouncing edition of the King James Family Holy Bible, including numerous full page (with many Gustave Dore) engravings, color maps, and chromolithographs (color engravings).  Gold gilt pages, original closing clasps, and 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".

 Additionally there are extensive other amazing resources included, like: color maps, Psalms in Metre; the Books of the Bible, biographical and historical; Animated Nature in Bible Times and Lands; Patriarchs, Priests, Prophets and Kings; Biographical Sketches of the Translators and Reformers; Cities of the Bible; Christ and His Kingdom in the Shadows; Bible Stories for Young People; Lives of the Holy Apostles and Evangelists; Four thousand questions and answers; and much much more, also including a New Self-Pronouncing Dictionary of the Holy Bible;  Complete Practical Concordance, Hofmann's Gallery of New Testament illustrations (very extensive), the Thorvaldsen Gallery, and so on.... Beautiful color illustrations throughout - including Jesus' parables.

A GORGEOUS 'as new' color illustrated Antique Family Bible  ...more 

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

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number 925)

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

13.5" x 10" x 4.5"  thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

American Bible History: A GORGEOUS in VERY GOOD condition, 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.

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!).

"Embellished with sixteen hundred historical engravings"

There are original, blank family pages for recording marriages, births and deaths in front of the New Testament. ...more 

Price: $825.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number 986)

ca 1860 Exquisite Illuminated Sermon of the Mount with chromolithographs

7 x 5.75" x 0.75" thick

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

A truly exquisite and unique book, printed ca 1860, with the full text of Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapter 5 though 7). Amazingly beautiful, illuminated pages with numerous chromolithographs (color engravings).

Amazing gold decorated and embossed leather covers, with the texts "The Sermon on the Mount" and "Obey His Voice", "Profitable for Doctrine for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness"

Very good condition, beautiful full leather binding! Raised and embossed brown covers; full gilt page edges. The full text of the sermon is accompanied by illuminated, chromolithographic prints. 36 pages, each page is illuminated. Rebacked with solid binding. Slight foxing and occasional wear. But nonetheless, a splendid edition of a spectacular Christian volume.

Blank presentation page in the front.

A rare and true antique treasure!...more 

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number 971)

ca. 1867 Limited Deluxe Edition of Cassell's Super-Folio Two Volume Gustave Dore Bible with 238 engravings and blank family pages

15" x 12" x 8"  thick (both books together)

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

This is the extremely rare "Dore Bible - Edition de luxe, special issue of 485 copies, of which this is no 180" (included slip with the Bible).

TIn the 1870s, The Doré Bible was likely the most treasured (and expensive) book in the world. The English edition from Cassell, Petter and Galpin, 1867 caused a demand among collectors for any and everything by Doré. Because of the demand, a number of editions in English were between 1867 and 1903 in a variety of formats, none of which were dated on the title page. This Bible set is among the earliest editions, containing 238 engravings (later editions had only 205) and in the large format of 12 by 15 inches. With separate title pages for Apocrypha and New Testament. Four pages preceding the Old Testament with wood-engraved borders providing space for Family Register, Births, Marriages, and Deaths- all never used.

Bound in full tooled and gilt decorated dark leather with gorgeous gold stamped decorations. Both volumes have the "holy Bible" in gold letters on the spine as well as the Bible books covered by the 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 true deluxe edition of the famous Dore Bible set! ...more 

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Price: $3350.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible
 

(stock number 969)

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

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

VERY GOOD (VG) 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 decorated brown calf. Both volumes have the "holy Bible" in gold letters on both the front and back covers. 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 

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Price: $1450.00

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

Antique family Bible

(stock number B54)

1890 Bible with ASTOUNDING, Superb split set of Fore Edge paintings of the DaVinci's Last Supper and the Crucifixion

10 1/2" x 8" x 2 3/4" thick

EXCELLENT (E)  condition.

By far ONE of the BEST of ALL in unique Christian fore edge paintings: A PRISTINE complete and beautifully dome split set of two very finely painted fore-edge paintings of Da Vinci's Last Supper and Jesus' Crucifixion on a 1890 large Family Bible.

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!

This fore edge painting was done by Martin Frost, one of the (if not THE) most renowned fore edge painting artist of the 20th century.

The Bible is published in 1890 in New York. The Bible itself is rather plain with blank/unmarked family history pages and bound in dark leather covers, a five raised band spine and gold gilt pages.

The fore-edge paintings are amazing, but very hard to photograph, we did our best, but they are so much nicer when you hold the books. ...more 

Price: $1750.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number B16)

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

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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