A remarkably well preserved
Salesman 'Complete Bible Library - New Pictorial Parallel Family
Bible' Bible Sampler as used by salesmen
for the Cincinnati Publishing Company of Cincinnati Ohio (an agent
for AJ Holman) dating from
likely the mid 1880ies for its Parallel Bibles. Parallel Bibles
presented both the King James Version as well as the Revised Version
in parallel columns next to each other.
Like with most Bibles of these
years, the mentioned published was a representative for the A.J.
Holman company who actually printed these Bibles.
This Salesman Bible Sampler
offers examples of 5 different styles for the 'Two Bibles in One
Volume' ranged in pricing from $3.50 for the "Arabesque Leather" version through $11.50 for the "French
Morocco" version. They also
offered a German language Bible and the Sampler contains various examples of the German
and a Swedish version as well.
Salesman Bible is in an overall VERY GOOD and COMPLETE condition. The
(original) binding is still holding, however open and use carefully
as some of the pages are starting to come lose. This Sampler is very
complete, even almost all of the salesman instruction slips/notes
are still present and attached. Also the original - blank-
subscriptions forms are present as well! There is NO writing
(except for a few entries son the sales register pages).
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. This Salesman Bible Sampler is about as good as
is possibly preserved from this era.
Many pictures below: