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The Exquisite Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

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The traditional (Antique) Family Bibles of the second half of the 19th century are illustrated by many (hundreds to even thousands) of eye-catching and attractive engravings (on wood or steel). French artist Gustave Doré (1832-1883) was by far the best known and most successful Bible illustrator of that period and his work is found in many of the (antique) family Bibles of those days.

Doré was born in Strasbourg and his first illustrated story was published at the age of fifteen as a literary illustrator in Paris. Doré commissions include works by Rabelais, Balzac, Milton and Dante. In the mid 1880ies  Doré was asked to illustrate a new illustrated English Bible. 
His English Bible (1866) was a great success. In 1867 Doré had a major exhibition of his work in London which led to the foundation of the Doré Gallery in New Bond Street. 

contents of a Antique family Bible

During his lifetime he produced hundreds of quality Bible illustrations from a wide variety of biblical stories from both the Old Testament (including the Apocrypha) and the New Testament, which were used in Bibles of many languages in 19th Century Europe and later in the Americas.  Most of the illustrations are identical in the various editions, but some illustrations are not found in certain language editions, and in other cases a slightly different illustration is found for the same biblical passage. 

Many skilful artists produced such artwork for illustrating Biblical themes but without a doubt, Doré was  the most renowned of them. His realistic style breathed new life into these real stories.  Centuries of mosaics, frescos, and stone reliefs, with their precise iconography, along with wood block impressions (recall the ever present halos on particular subjects) had caricaturized many Bible stories in the minds of believers.  But his persons and places look real.

  Gustave Doré's work (and artistic license) was criticized by some in his own day, but these illustrations stand the test of time as good physical representations of important Biblical events.

Gustave Dore's: Abraham meeting with the three angels
Gustave Dore's: Abraham meeting with the three angels

 

Dore's illustration of Jesus at Calvary
Dore's illustration of Jesus at Calvary

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!

Below we will first list our antique (family) Bibles illustrated by Gustave Doré's engravings, followed by various other Christian publications of the 19th century using Doré's work  (click on the picture or the book title for more detailed information):

Doré illustrated Bibles

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 

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number F35)

1884 Exquisitely Illustrated Antique Haydock Catholic Family Bible, unmarked family pages, color Stations of the Cross and closing clasps

12" x 10" x 4.5"  thick

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

An 1884 exquisitely illustrated, 'Haydock' Antique Roman Catholic - Douay Rheims -  family Bible adorned with amazing chromolithographs (color engravings) - including the BEAUTIFULLY COLOR illustrated 'Stations of the Cross'.  The Bible has a beautiful decorative cover which consists of thick leather covered boards with intricate artwork, a (gold gilt) cross and other gold decorations showing Bible related scenes. Attractive gold-decorated 5-band spine with the texts "Holy Bible - Douay & Rheims" and "Rev Geo Leo Haydock's Notes and References - Illustrated". Gold gilt pages and cross shaped closing clasps. The text of this Bible is the Douay-Rheims Bible (or Doway Rheims Bible or D-R Bible), being the English translation from the Latin Vulgate ("... diligently compared  with the Hebrew, Greek and Other Editions in Divers Languages ... with useful notes, critical, historical, controversial and explanatory ... by the late Rev. Geo. Leo Haydock "). The text covers the complete Old and New Testament as well as the books that are often referred to as the Apocrypha. Includes Approbations by various American Bishops and Cardinals. Extensive Haydock notes with the Bible text (reads like a modern day study Bible).

To support the study of this Bible there are a number of additional sections, like an historical and chronological index; Portraits of pontiffs and bishops; the Parables of our Lord Jesus Christ; a very extensive section of Scripture Illustrations; Comprehensive History of the Books of the Holy Catholic Bible;  Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ; An illustrated and comprehensive Calmett Catholic Bible Dictionary (128 pages); color maps, color Stations of the Cross, color parables of Jesus and MUCH MORE. "The whole beautifully illustrated with numerous steel plates and other appropriate engravings"

Blank presentation page in the front. Unmarked ORIGINAL matrimony and blank family pages before the New Testament and a section for family portraits at the end of the Bible.

An exquisitely illustrated COLOR 'Haydock' Antique Catholic Family Bible  ...more 

Price: $795.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number F33)

1884 Delicious (Dore) Illustrated Haydock Catholic Family Bible, unmarked family pages and extensive notes, with engraved cross-shaped closing clasp

12" x 10" x 4"  thick

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

A delicious, beautifully preserved (Gustave Dore) illustrated, Haydock Antique Roman Catholic - Douay Rheims -  family Bible adorned with amazing illustrations.  The Bible has a beautiful decorative cover which consists of thick leather covered boards with intricate artwork, a (gold gilt) cross and other gold decorations showing Bible related scenes. Attractive gold-decorated 5-band spine with the texts "Holy Bible - Douay & Rheims" and "Rev Geo Leo Haydock's Notes and References - Illustrated". Gold gilt pages and gorgeously engraved cross shaped closing clasp. The text of this Bible is the Douay-Rheims Bible (or Doway Rheims Bible or D-R Bible), being the English translation from the Latin Vulgate ("... diligently compared  with the Hebrew, Greek and Other Editions in Divers Languages ... with useful notes, critical, historical, controversial and explanatory ... by the late Rev. Geo. Leo Haydock ").

To support the study of this Bible there are a number of additional sections, like an historical and chronological index; Portraits of pontiffs and bishops; the Parables of our Lord Jesus Christ; Comprehensive History of the Books of the Holy Catholic Bible;  Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ; An illustrated and comprehensive Calmet Catholic Bible Dictionary (128 pages); color maps, and MUCH MORE.

 "The whole beautifully illustrated with numerous steel plates and other appropriate engravings"

Blank presentation page in the front. Unmarked  matrimony and blank family pages before the New Testament.

 A delicious Haydock Antique Catholic Family Bible ...more 

Price: $695.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number C87)

1885 Beautiful Family Parallel Bible, full-page (color) (Dore) engravings with unmarked family history pages

12" x 10" x 4.5"  thick

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

A beautiful, antique, (color) illustrated and very extensive (Holman Edition) Family Holy Bible, including numerous full page (with many Gustave Dore) engravings, color plates, and chromolithographs (color engravings) and maps. Gold gilt pages. Beautiful embossed and gold decorated covers showing Bible scenes (incl Noah's ark and the ark of the Covenant) and a 5-raised band spine with the gold letter texts: "Holy Bible", "The Parallel Bible - Illustrated". 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:  color maps, a Comprehensive Dictionary of the Bible (illustrated, William Smith edition),  The Books of the Bible, Biographical and Historical; various Galleries of Scripture Illustrations; Alphabetical Table of Proper Names; a complete Concordance to the Old and New testaments; and so on.... Beautiful  illustrations throughout.

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

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number E96)

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

12" x 10" x 5"  thick

 EXCELLENT (E) condition.

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

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

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

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

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

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Other Christian Works illustrated by Doré

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number B58)

1869 Pristine Night Scenes in the Bible with ASTOUNDING Fore Edge painting by Martin Frost of Gustave Dore's Night of Agony

9" x 6" x 2" thick

EXCELLENT (E)  condition.

1869 Pristine 'Night Scenes in the Bible' by Daniel March. A very well ('like new) copy of this beautifully illustrated, gold decorated and embossed book, with a absolutely astounding fore edge painting by Martin Frost of the frontispiece: 'Night of Agony' by Gustave Dore (depciting Christ in the garden of Gethsemane). This is a one of a kind and is signed by Martin Frost.

The book itself is illustrated with multiple full page engravings, including various famous ones by Gustave Dore.

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

Price: $975.00

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number B56)

1874 Illustrated Fleetwood's The Life of our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with Fore Edge painting

9" x 6" x 2" thick

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

1874 The Life of our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: and the Lives and Sufferings of the Holy Apostles and Evangelists, by Rev John Fleetwood. On the edge of the book is a one of a kind fore edge painting of a scene showing Jesus talking to a man.

The book itself is illustrated with multiple full page engravings, including a number by Gustave Dore.

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!

 ...more details ...

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number 848)

1880-ies Altemus edition of The Dore Bible Gallery

12" x 9.5" x 1"

VERY GOOD (VG)  condition.

This is the Altemus Edition of "The Dore Bible Gallery Containing One Hundred Superb Illustrations And A Page Of Explanatory Letter-Press Facing Each by Gustave Dore with text by Talbot W. Chambers". This edition of the gallery was published in the somewhat larger size with regular, much better quality prints and double blank pages in between the illustrations as compared to the more 'average' edition. The Altemus edition is thicker and has a brown cover, compared to the green or orange/reddish covers of the less quality edition. This edition is about 1/4" less thick than the deluxe edition (because of somewhat less heavier paper).

Published by Henry Altemus, copyright Philadelphia PA, unspecified date 0f issue, circa 1880's edition. Having brief introductory biographical sketch of Dore, followed by 100 full page plates depicting a wide assortment of biblical scenes, with each accompanied by explanatory text.

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

(stock number 829)

1889 (Gustave Dore illustrated) The Beautiful Story with color engravings

12" x 10" sized, 560 pages.

VERY GOOD (VG)  condition.

THE BEAUTIFUL STORY a companion book to the Holy Bible, containing a narrative history of all the events recorded in the sacred book ... to which is added Golden gems of religious thought, including numerous selections from great writers and speakers, for fireside reading, sacred reflection, the elevation and happiness of the home circle and to point the way to heaven. Written and edited by J.W. Buel ; assisted by T. Dewitt Talmage

1889. Published by Historical Publishing Company. 560 pages. 8" x 11". Decorative Gilt Binding with Gilt Adornment. Contains Ten Full-Page Chromo litho Plates with tissue guards and 250 Wood engravings from designs by BIDA, the converted few, Dore, and others of the world's great artists.
 
"Magnificent Allegorical Plates in Brilliant Colors"

With blank presentation page in the front. With 10 beautiful chromolitographic (color) engravings.  ...more details ...

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Antique family Bible

Antique family Bible

1890, The Life of Christ, rare exquisite illustrations

10" x 12", 530 pages

VERY GOOD (VG) condition.

Rather unique double page full color plates! From the title page: "The sweet story of Jesus, the Life of Christ, by Frederic W. Farrar, D.D., F.R.S., Late fellow of Trinity College; Arch-deacon and Canon of Westminster and Chaplain to the Queen, 'Tell me the Story of Jesus' and other appropriate hymns with music, illustrated with a large number of Magnificent Full-Page Engravings, designed by Holman Hunt, Gustave Doré, Alexander Bida, Pronckhorst, and other World-renowned Artists, also Reproductions of World-Famous Paintings by Raphael, Rubens, west and other Master painters." 63 beautiful illustrations (many chromolithographs). Included is the Hymn, "TELL ME THE STORY OF JESUS" and other appropriate Hymns with music. Published in 1890, this book is a VERY GOOD CONDITION! The hinges are reinforced with bookbinding tape on both hinges. Three quarters of the book has neat, clean text and pages with no markings. The last 100 pages has a couple of pages, not every one, where pen underlining for one word or sentence have been highlighted.  It is neatly done, however, a mild blemish that must be disclosed. Otherwise, the illustrations, text and overall appearance is very nice. A most touching narrative of the life of the "Greatest Man Who Ever Lived."  ...more details ...

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Dore's illustration: the Birth of Jesus
Dore's illustration: the Birth of Jesus 

Dore: Daniel in the lion's den
Daniel in the lion's den

 

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 sun began to set on 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 exclusive 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.

What determines the price of an antique Bible?

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

  • Age… a 1573 printing costs more than a 1673 printing.
  • Size… a 12 to 17 inch tall “pulpit folio” costs more than a smaller Bible.
  • Extra Features…  Uniqueness (first edition), Psalter-Hymnals, Almanac-Calendars, Apocrypha, Maps, Concordances, Illustrations, decorative red ruling, etc.
  • Another thing that detracts from the monetary value of a family Bible is the handwritten genealogical information that they usually contain. Unless you're from a very famous family, or there is an individual in your family who is famous, this handwritten information reduces a Bible's value to a collector.

To a lesser extent, the elaborateness of the binding will effect the price, though the age of the binding usually has only a minimal effect, if any, on the price. Most readers/collectors will actually prefer a strong, fresh, new leather binding, to the worn and somewhat less attractive ancient bindings… though some do prefer the quaint, simple, somewhat distressed look of the older bindings.  


 

 

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