1846 Illuminated Harper Bible with New York's Trinity Church
on the covers
American Bible History: A
GORGEOUS well preserved 1846 Harper
Illuminated Bible. Beautiful gold decorated front and back cover
and 5-band raised spine
with the text "Holy Bible" and showing various beautiful gold
decorations and illustrations.
Beautiful gold decorated red leather cover showing New
York's Trinity Church - VERY NICE!
with, at foot of title, "entered ... in the year 1843 by Harper and
Brothers". Frontispiece and illuminated title to each Testament.
Table, Index and Concordance at the end. With Apocrypha.
The work was originally announced in 1843, and was issued in 54
numbers of 25ct each. J.A. Adams, the engraver, is credited with
having taken the first electrotype in America from a woodcut. Many
illustrations in this Bible are done this way. Artists were engaged
for more than six years (!) in the preparation of the designs and
engravings included in this Bible, at a cost of over $20,000 (a
small fortune in those days!).
"This Harper publication was a remarkable production in its time and
place, and retains its importance in the annals of American
bookmaking. W.J. Linton, noted wood-engraver and author, knew 'no
other book like this, so good, so perfect in all its undertakes.'
The illustrations are like picturings of history, as are so many of
the old European Biblical paintings and illustrations." [Hill's
with sixteen hundred historical engravings"
Blank presentation page.
There are a set of blank family pages for recording births
and deaths in middle of the Bible
Binding is professionally restored
and the book opens and can be used daily without any reservations.
Original astoundingly beautiful covers!. Minor/typical wear for its
age. No writings, some occasional typical light foxing. Restored
family pages for marriages, births and deaths.
A GORGEOUS piece of American