1828 Complete UNIQUE two volume Bible set with Fore Edge paintings of Bethlehem and Jerusalem - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

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    1828 Complete UNIQUE two volume Bible set with Fore Edge paintings of Bethlehem and Jerusalem
Size: 6 1/2" x 4" x 1" each
Publisher: Samuel Collingwood, Oxford, England
 VERY GOOD condition
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1828 The Holy Bible (complete in 2 volumes, volume 1: Genesis - Job, volume 2: Psalms - Revelation) containing the Old and New Testaments. On the edge of each book is a one of a kind fore edge painting of a scene showing the towns and landscape of Bethlehem (volume 1) and Jerusalem (volume 2).

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! The fore-edge paintings are amazing, but very hard to photograph, we did our best, but it is so much nicer when you hold one of the books.Binding is holding very well. Both volume 1 and 2 have red leather bindings with gold embellishments, ribbed spine. The books are in very good condition with rubbing and scuffing on the edges, and crease marks on the outside spines. The books measure 6 1/2" x 4" x 1" each. The hidden fore-edges are most likely contemporary with the book.
 AMAZINGLY detailed fore edge paintings!.
 
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