A nice and attractive
Salesman "Pictorial Family Bible" Sample book as used by salesmen/agents
for P.W. Ziegler & Co. of Philadelphia and Chicago for door-to-door
offering and sales, dating from 1880ies.
This Salesman Bible Sampler book offers examples of
5 different styles for the English language 'Pictorial
Family Bible' ("the Best in the Field") Ranged in pricing from $5.00 for the "Arabesque
Leather, Marbled Edges" version (No. 1) through $13.00 for the "Magnificently
Bound in Extra Fine Morocco, Full Gilt Sides, Raised Panels" version (No.
5). Examples of
contents, covers and spines are all included in this extensive
sampler. For an extra 25 cents any of the above styles "will
be furnished with the Old Version and the Revised Version of the New
Testament in parallel Columns". Ziegler also
offered the same Bible versions in the German language for the same prices
ranging of $5.00 (No. 1) to $13.00 (Style 5) and the Sampler contains various examples of the German
versions as well.
There are also pricelists and
subscribers pages (some filled out, including 2 'testimonies' from
local pastors!) included plus many instruction notes for the
The binding is holding well and allows for regular use and study with care (as
always with these old books). This Sampler seems complete, even many of the
salesman instruction slips/notes are still present and attached. There is NO writing (except
for the subscription pages).
There is wear to the edges of the covers and areas on the
leather. Some rough pages, an
occasional tear and other small damages throughout. Still, quite an attractive piece of end
of 19th century Bible history!