1846 Historical Illuminated Harper Illuminated Leather American Bible with blank family pages, Apocrypha and Trinity Church - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

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     1846 Historical Illuminated Harper Illuminated Leather American Bible with blank family pages, Apocrypha and Trinity Church
Size: 13.5" x 10" x 4.5"
Publisher: Harper & Brothers, New York
VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT and Daily Useable condition
Bible is SOLD
      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!
Dated 1846 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 catalogue #1161]
"Embellished 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 Bible history
 
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