A truly unique find: a Roman
Catholic 1880ies Bible sampler used to sell the famous Haydock,
(color) illustrated Catholic family Bibles door to door. Quite some
Protestant samplers have been preserved, but finding a Roman
Catholic Salesman Bible is very rare - there were only very few
produced, let alone still in existence!!! This sampler shows a publisher
neutral title page (so the salesman/franchise could add their own
name) but is dated via copy rights to 1884 the year of the
publication of most (color) illustrated Haydock Catholic family
This Salesman Bible Sampler
offers examples of 3 different Bibles:
- the 1884 black and white
illustrated Haydock edition - with black and white picture of Pope
Leo XIII and a b/w section of the 14 Stations of the Cross. Examples
of the various introductory sections (like the Approbations,
Portraits of the Bishops, color maps, Illustrated Catholic Bible
Dictioanry, Hisotry of the Books of the Holy Catholic Bible,
Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dore engravings etc etc) are all
present as well as a sampling of the Bible text itself.
- the 1884 color edition, with
all of the above PLUS examples of the color illustrations (picture
of the Pope, Stations of the Cross, Parables of Jesus) are included
- a sampler of the 1880es German
language Catholic family Bible with examples of its various
There are off course also
examples of the various covers and spines to choose from.
The binding is very professionally restored and this book can be
used and studied on a daily basis. This Sampler is very complete,
everything appears to be present.
There is NO writing.
Still retains most of the gold embossing on the edges of the covers.
There is some wear to the edges of the covers and areas on the
leather. Some signs of use with an occasional tear, rough
edge etc. This Salesman Bible Sampler is about as good as
is possibly preserved from this era.
A VERY RARE
Roman Catholic family Bible sampler book