1671 Stunning and VERY RARE illustrated - hand colored - and red-ruled King James Bible - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

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    1671 Stunning and VERY RARE illustrated - hand colored - and red-ruled King James Bible
Size: octavo, 7" x 5" x 2.5"
Publisher: John Bill and Christopher Barker, London
VERY GOOD and ANTIQUARIAN RESTORED condition

Price: $4,950.00

    "The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament And The New. Newly translated out of the Original Tongues, and with the former Translations diligently Compared & Revised. By His Majesties Special Command. Appointed to be read in Churches. London: Afsigned of J. Bill & Chr. Barker, Printers to the Kings most Excellent Majesty, 1671."
An exquisitely beautiful and very rare COLOR (amazingly detailed colored by hand likely by the publisher who also did the red-lining) illustrated Bible antiquarian quality rebound with (original?) full leather binding with blind stamped decorations. All page edges gilt. Engraved general title; architectural design. Also a second general title (next to New Testament title): architectural design with cut of royal arms: "The History of ye Old & New Testament in Cutts. Printed by Wm. R, for John Williams in Cross Keyes at Court in Little Brittaine. F. H. Van Hove Sculpsit 1671."
 A beautiful c17th rare (hand) colored illustrated Bible dated c1671 hand ruled in red throughout indicating noble ownership originally and adorned with numerous rare, striking and vivid hand colored illustrations by Fredrick Van Hove in all approx 141 illustrated pages throughout the bible and with some being a large full page illustration and some having numerous illustrations to the page.

Superb hard back dark tan leather binding with decorative fine tooling to the borders of both the front and back boards with the spine also having fine decorative tooling, raised ribbing with tooled and gold leaf gilded wording ' Holy Bible ' .
Complete King James Bible, containing both the Old and New Testament ,with dedication page, main title page and separate title page for the New Testament, also dated 1671.

Inside the bible does show it's age somewhat especially to some of the first dozen or so pages (see pictures). The illustrations are numbers and it seems like about a dozen might be lacking. They are absolutely stunning throughout the bible in both the Old and New Testament, particularly striking are the extremely vivid colors with some beautiful examples being The Creation, cuts of the Saints including Saint Andrew, patron Saint of Scotland, each with a large main picture of the Saint in the foreground and a background vignette of his method of execution. The illustrations in the Book of Revelation are amazing, some of which are depictions of The Beast, The Seven Vials, The Whore of Babylon, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Christ's Glorious Appearance, The Plague of Locusts and Satan Bound.

The beautiful original cutts by Frederick Hendrick van Hove ( 1628- 1698) were first published in London in 1671 so likely this was the first or one of the first publications.
The Bible's binding is high quality restored and it can be read and used daily without any concerns. Some occasional smaller age related damages (see many pictures below) and about 6 illustrations are laid on new paper. All in all an amazingly beautiful unique colored personal Bible! 
 
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