1880ies Very Rare Roman Catholic Salesman Bible - Sample, with color Stations of the Cross and German sample Bibles - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

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    1880ies Very Rare Roman Catholic Salesman Bible - Sample, with color Stations of the Cross and German sample Bibles
Size: 12" x 10" x 2" thick
Publisher: John E Potter, Philadelphia (likely)
 VERY GOOD and COMPLETE condition

Price: $775.00

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 Bibles.

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 sections.
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
 
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