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(stock number: H17)
Size: 9" x 6.5" x 3" thick
VERY GOOD and WELL PRESERVED condition

RARE and PRECIOUS 1483 Biblia Sacra - (Roman Catholic) Latin Vulgate Bible - TRULY printed in the Middle Ages! A real medieval Bible printed BEFORE Columbus was in America! Part of the INCUNABULA - INCUNABLE period (printed about 43 years after the invention of the Printing Press and published BEFORE any English Bible was ever published).
Printed in the year of our Lord, 1483 by Franciscus Renner de Hailbrun in Venetiis (Venice). "Explicit biblia impressa Venetijs per Francisiscu renner de hailbrun .M.CCC.LXXXIII." (please note: Bibles of before 1485 do not have title pages - the name of the printer and the year of printing is found in the colophon at the end of the book of Revelation - see one of the pictures)
This is a quarto size Bible. The first Bible ever printed in Venice is from 1475 (also printed by Fransiscus Renner). The first quarto was printed in 1480 - this is the second quarto edition.
474 leaves (lacks first 2 which are part of the prologue). 2 columns, 50 lines and headline. Gothic letter. Capital spaces with printed (small) guide letter. After printing the Bible was (by a contemporary Venetian artist) rubricated in red and blue letter art. 3-line initials in red and blue alternately begin each chapter. 5-line initials in red and blue begin each book and a 17-line initial in red and blue at the first page of Genesis and Proverbs. Multiple other rubrications/variations/accents/decorations throughout the text. Additionally this Bible is also bound with the index of Hebrew names in the back, which was present to guide the readers through the long, complex and some-times foreign text of the Bible, therefore already in the Middle Ages the interpretations of Hebrew Names ( Incipiut Interpretationes hebraiucoru nomino) was added to the actual Bible text.
Also various prologues of Jerome present/included as introductions to Bible books and sections. ... click to see more details and pictures ...

Price: $17,500.00

Price: $5,250.00

(Stock number: G13)
Size: FOLIO 14.5" x 11" x 3.25"
Exceptionally well preserved and close to EXCELLENT condition

A VERY BEAUTIFUL folio just post-incunabula Latin Vulgate - Biblia Magna. Complete in every aspect. Printed in red and black throughout (rubricated) with numerous fine and exceedingly quaint woodcuts of Bible scenes and initial chapter letters with occasional ornamental borders. Beautiful woodcut title page and large woodcut in front of the book of Matthew. "Biblia magna. Biblia cum concordantiis Veteris et Novi Testamenti et sacrorum canonum : necnon & additione in marginibus varietatis diversorum textuum ac etiam canonibus antiquis quatuor Evangeliorum insertis : & accentu omnium vocabulorum difficilium signato : summa cum diligentia revisasa correcta" Printed in Lyon (Lugdunumi) by Jean Moylin.  Edited by Alberto Castellano with historical notes by Johannes de Gradibus.
Beautifully antiquarian contemporary style rebound in light leather covers with a five band raise spine and printed in gold 'Bible Magna - 1520". Complete Bible, including various tables, overviews and indices.
This Bible is amazingly well preserved and in a PRISTINE  and DAILY USABLE condition. The Bible's binding, spine and cover are very professionally restored and in excellent condition, this Bible can easily be used on a daily basis.
Complete Bible. Very little wear for its age. Clean and undamaged pages (some a little rougher edges in front and back - see pictures). Few occasional stains. Gothic large font with printed in black and red. A few old library stamps (see pictures) and some clean occasional handwritten notes in very nice style/font.
A truly astounding 1520 magnificent illustrated Bible  !!!  ... click for more pictures ...

Price: $49,750.00

(Stock number: K02)
 Size: quarto, 10" x 7" x 3" thick
VERY GOOD+ to EXCELLENT condition!

This is the VERY FIRST Geneva Bible ever printed! And this is the first Bible ever printed with verse numbers. Exceptional preservation and completeness! The TRUE Bible of the reformation translated and printed in English by the Reformers at Geneva (under the leadership of John Calvin himself).
THE BIBLE AND HOLY SCRIPTURES CONTEYNED IN THE OLDE AND NEWE TESTAMENT, TRANSLATED ACCORDING TO THE EBRUE AND GREKE, AND CONFERRED WITH THE BEST TRANSLATIONS IN DIVERS LANGUGES ... GENEVA: PRINTED BY ROULAND HALL, 1560
First edition of the "Geneva Bible," the first complete Bible in English printed in roman type with verse divisions.  Although never formally adopted in England, the Geneva Bible remained the most popular of all versions for three generations, with one hundred and forty editions printed between 1560 and 1644. Beautiful museum quality rebound with exquisite binding in contemporary 16th century style with calf leathers covers/spine, including hand cut brass clasps/straps - this is how a luxury edition of this Bible would have been issued! Comes with a custom full leather enclosure in matching style. COMPLETE Bible text with the title pages to the Old Testament (very high quality facsimile) and the New Testament (original, exceptionally preserved)
This Bible text is complete in EVERY ASPECT, it also includes the epistle to 'Qviene Elisabet', the Apocrypha, the two tables at the end, the suppuration and 'the order of the yeres'. It is basically all complete except for the original title and the address. Quite amazing!
Printed in Roman Type with double columns, divided in verses, marginal notes in very small Roman type. References etc. and contents before chapters in italics. Subject headings in headlines. An argument is prefixed to each book. The Hebrew names are carefully spelt and accented. Red ruled by hand throughout. The engravings in the text number 26, many of these are accompanied with descriptive notes. Most of these engraves in the first edition are significantly larger than found in the later editions.
Thomas Frognall Dibdin writes regarding the 1560 Geneva, "It...is now become rare and no early English Bible is likely to be found in a more soiled and injured state, and is seldom perfect." - The Library Companion; Dibdin, Rev. T. F., 1825. His notes precede the bibliographical work of Francis Fry by some forty years.
A truly unique 1560 First Edition Geneva Bible  ... click to see more details and about 85 pictures ...

Price: $28,500.00

(Stock number: H56)
Size:  QUARTO, 8.5" x 6" x 3" thick
VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT condition

This is an AMAZINGLY preserved and exceptionally rare ALL COMPLETE 1568-1570 Geneva Bible, only the second quarto edition ever printed: printed 'At Geneva' by John Crispin (Jean Crespin), one of the printers in Geneva closely associated with the Reformers movement! This is one of the very few editions of the Geneva Bible that was actually printed in Geneva (hence the Bible's name) BEFORE printing of this Bible was 'moved' to England and monopolized by Christopher Barker.
With hand-written note by famous Bible biographer Francis Fry (1803-1886) in the front of the Bible: 'The Genevan Version J Crispin 1570. This Copy has the "Calender Historical' with the very rare title all genuine. The Bible is also perfect and all genuine but the Map at the end of Acts which is facsimile'. Signed Francis Fry - (this writing and signature look authentic).
Beautiful museum quality rebound with exquisite binding in contemporary 16th century style with calf leathers covers/spine, including Renaissance chevron style embroidered endbands, marble paper endpapers, hand cut brass clasps/straps and trolling over all in both blind and gold. Old bookplate has been retained - this is how a luxury edition of this Bible would have been issued! Comes with a custom full leather enclosure in matching style.
With ALL the original title pages: Title to the Calendar (M.D.LXIX - 1569, with John Crispin device), The General Title (M.D.LXX - 1570), the New Testament title page (1568) and the title to the COMPLETE Metrical Psalter (which is by the way the first time this metrical Psalter was printed and included with a Geneva, 1569) and it includes the "Treatise of Athanasius"
This Bible is complete in EVERY ASPECT, including all prelims with the Calender section including the various introductions, a supputation of the years from Creation, table of the cycle of the Sun, the 12 month Calendar with a small cut at the beginning of each month and an overview of 'the fairs in France and elsewhere'. Next the general title, the Epistle (dated 10 April 1569), to the Reader and Table of Bookes. After the Apocrypha is a 'brief table of the propre names', followed by the NT Title and some more prelims. After Revelation are a few more tables (incl a table of the principal things) and the complete Whole Booke of Psalmes (Hymns, Psalms and prayers with musical bars - all complete, ends with the prayers).

Price: $8,500.00

(Stock number: I27)
Folio, 14.5" x 10.5" x 4" thick
VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition

The FIRST edition of the large folio Geneva Bible with parallel column presented Psalms (in this edition the Geneva and the Prayer Book versions of the Psalter appear side by side, the former in Roman type and the latter in black letter font), also bound with a unique/peculiar version of the Book of Common Prayer using 'Minister' instead of 'Priest' and omitting some of the Offices.
An astounding offering: a 1578 large folio edition Geneva Bible, printed by Christopher Barker . Very well preserved, with various engraved maps and the COMPLETE Bible text (including the whole book of Revelation)
The Bible is catalogued by Herbert as number 154. It has the complete set of special Geneva engravings and maps including a RARE full page temple engraving in Ezekiel. COMPLETE BIBLE TEXT! Text printed in double column in black letter font with the extensive Geneva notes in the side bars and footers. Nicely rebound in contemporary style leather spine and covers. 'Geneva Bible' and '1578' printed in gold on added labels on the spine.
Start with facsimile of the General Title, followed by the 34 preliminarily leaves which include the Proper Lessons, the Kalendar and the Booke of Common Prayer. Lacking ONLY 1 or 2 of the 34 leaves. Next Bible itself complete from Genesis to Revelation with the original New Testament title. Finishes with the First Table (second table is lacking).
As per Herbert's: 'Fry states in a manuscript note that the Prayer Book is generally missing from copies of this edition, as collectors of editions of the Book of Common Prayer are eager to acquire this peculiar variety, and often cut the leaves out of the Bible'
(stock number I48)
Size: quarto 9" x 7" x 3" thick
 VERY GOOD CONDITION

EXQUISITE GENUINE 430 YEAR OLD GENEVA "BREECHES" BIBLE IMPRINTED AT LONDON BY  CHRISTOPHER BARKER PRINTER TO THE QUEENS  MAIEFTIE 1587 - QUARTO EDITION MEASURES 9" x 7" x 3" thick overall.
This is the first complete Geneva Bible printed with Tomson's revised translation of the New Testament, which became the standard for future Geneva Bibles.
Complete Bible text with ALL titles (general title, title to the second part and New Testament titke), just like it was when it was first published and purchased in 1587 in England: Engraved title pages, preliminaries, the complete set of engravings/illustrations and maps, various woodcut initials and colophons. Also bound with  an extensive two-table concordance in the back and metric Psalter with musical bars (with title 1637, contains all Psalms and Hymns, lacks some of the prayer pages at the end)
VERY GOOD condition - Professionally rebound in new period style leather covers with exquisite blind stamps decorations - you can use and read this Bible daily without concerns. General title repaired, various smaller faults throughout. The Bible is complete except for one page in the preliminaries (table of content). Fair to good margins all around. paper cleaner than usual in these 1500s Bibles. A rare find of a rare Bible!
A true illustrated 1587 Geneva Bible! ...click for more details...

Price: $3,750.00

Price: $2,950.00

(Stock number K32)
Size: quarto 9 x 7   x 3.25"
VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition

A nicely preserved, THICK 1589 Quarto-size, COMPLETE Geneva (Breeches) Holy Bible in a VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition, containing the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha plus two extensive concordances (tables). Printed in London by the renowned Christopher Barker.
The Geneva Bible is often referred to as the 'Breeches' Bible because of its translation in Genesis 3:7 as "and they sowed figge-tree leaves together, and made themselves breeches" (the KJV has "aprons"). High quality restored (blind stamped/decorated) brown leather covers and spine (gold lettered red label 'Holy Bible 1589". The Bible is printed in 2 columns black letter (Gothic) text with the extensive Geneva Bible notes in Roman font on the sides and as footnotes. Decorated with chapter initials and many colophons.
The Bible is complete with ALL titles and preliminary pages, like 'How to take profit of the Scriptures', 'Of the incomparable treasure', 'the Sum of the Whole Scriptures' and 'Certain Questions and Answers about the doctrine of Predestination' and 'The names and order of all the bookes' (see pictures). Excellent binding! Typical age related smaller faults. Contents are overall very clean with some typical occasionally somewhat grubby, worn and thumbed pages, with some scattered foxing/browning throughout. Nice margins all around.
(Stock number: F66)
Size:  FOLIO, 14.5" x 10" x 2 1/2" thick
VERY GOOD and WELL PRESERVED condition

A VERY WELL preserved 1595 folio Bishops Bible - in antiquarian quality rebound. Only lacks the general title page, everything else: prologue, almanac, calendar, tables, maps, colophon etc etc is all present, including the last pages of Revelation (which are ever so often missing).
Superb binding of the highest quality. Beautiful brown calf leather blind stamped boards and spine with the text 'Holy Bible'. The book opens and reads without any concerns whatsoever.
Text in black/Gothic letter. Separate title page to 'The Newe Testament' with broad woodcut border, register & foliation are continuous. The Almanacke and the Calendar are printed in black and red. This is Herbert #227 with maps/engravings next to the first page of Genesis (the garden), at the beginning of the New Testament and after the book of Acts (the Chart Cosmographic). Various tables etc throughout. Ends with colophon and "Christopher Barker ... 1595."
Overall a VERY ATTRACTIVE folio Bishops Bible in a superb binding. ... click for about 77 pictures ...

Price: $6,750.00

Price: $4,500.00

(stock number I94)
  Size: folio 14" x 9.5", 3" thick
VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT and DAILY USABLE condition

A beautifully preserved and rebound/restored, 1595 large folio-size (14" x 9.5"), Geneva (Breeches) Holy Bible in a VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT and DAILY USABLE condition. It is all red-ruled (by hand) throughout huge margins around as the pages appear to be never trimmed! - this is VERY RARE! It contains the Old and New Testaments (with the famous engravings and maps) and the Apocrypha plus two concordances (tables). Printed in London by the renowned Christopher Barker.
The Geneva Bible is often referred to as the 'Breeches' Bible because of its translation in Genesis 3:7 as "and they sowed figge-tree leaves together, and made themselves breeches" (the KJV has "aprons").
Rebound/restored in leather brown covers and 5 band spine gold lettered 'Holy Bible" on a red/gold label. The Bible is printed in 2 columns Roman font letter (easily readable) text with the extensive Geneva Bible notes in Roman font on the sides and as footnotes. Decorated with chapter initials and many colophons as well engravings/maps. The initial 'B' before the address represents Hercules and the Lernea and Hydra.
The Bible text is complete with titles and preliminary pages (lacking the general title and the last page of the table at the end), like the dedication to the reader, various tables, table of content etc (see pictures).
A very special pre-1600 un-cut red-ruled Geneva illustrated folio Bible!  ... more details ...
(stock number K62)
Size:  folio-size - 12.5" x9" x 3"
VERY GOOD condition

This is a well preserved and very rare and folio-sized Geneva Holy Bible, printed by the renowned Robert Barker, in London in 1611. Excellent binding with period style brown leather covers and spine, red labeled in gold letters: "Holy Bible".
  This Geneva Bible or also called Breeches Bible is COMPLETE with all title pages, the famous extensive commentaries by the early reformers, and a complete series of the sought-after Geneva engravings with additionally the complete Prayer Book and metric Psalter
This Bible contains FIVE sections bound together: the Common Book of Prayer (lacks title, start with calendar), the complete Bible (Old and New Testament, with all titles and prelims etc, the Apocrypha, the Concordances (the two tables) and the Whole Book of Psalms (Psalter, with musical bars, complete including even the index page - very rare!). Including a total of THREE title pages:  the general title to the Bible ("The Bible, That is, the Holy Scriptures contained in the Old and New Teftament") and the title pages to the New Testament (translated out of the Greeke by Theod. Beza. ... 1611") and the Psalter ("the Whole Booke of Psalmes ... 1609"). ALL sections are complete in every aspect, including titles, prelims, illustrations and colophons.  Next to the first page of Genesis is a full page engraving of the Garden of Eden with the Tree of Life". Various smaller engravings (the complete famous Geneva set of illustrations and maps) throughout. Beautifully decorated chapter initials (very large initials for the first chapter of every book).  Many pictures included   ... more details ...

 
(stock number K42)
Size: quarto 9 x 7 x 3"  
VERY GOOD+ condition

The RAREST and FIRST King James quarto Bible printed ! Vintage COMPLETE (!!) King James 1612 'She' Bible in a VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition. Beautifully well preserved over 4 centuries - the second King James Bible ever printed (only second to the 1611 folio KJV) with still some of the first edition (of 1611) printing errors, including 'Emorite' in Genesis 10:16 (instead of Amorite). The is the SHE variant (in Ruth 3:15 - and is by many considered to be more rare than the 'HEE' printing of the same edtion).
The general title (present in a high quality old facsimile) has a similar design as the 1611 first edition folio (this is the only quarto that has that title) showing the Apostles on the top, Moses and Aaron on each side of the text block and Luke and John at the bottom. Title: "The Holy Bible, conteyning the Old Teftament, and the New: Newly Tranflated out of the Originall tongues: & with the former tranflations diligently compared and revifed, by his Majefties fpeciall commandement, Appointed to be read om Churches. Imprinted at London By Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings moft Excellent Maieftie. ANNO 1612."
 Start with a RARE COMPLETE 1613 Book of Common Prayer - including the red/black title page. It also has the famous and well sought after, complete (34 page, with title page) Speed's genealogies, tracing Christ back to Adam "with the Line of our Sauiour Jesvs Christ obferued from Adam to the bleffed Virgin MARY") complete with the rare double paged 'Map of Canaan'. At the end of the Bible itself is a (VERY RARE AS IT IS COMPLETE) "Booke of Psalms" (with title page, 1614), with musical bars, ALL Psalms and Hymns and Prayer present - ends with table.
A VERY RARE historical 1612 SHE King James Bible!  ...more and about 80 pictures...

Price: $9,750.00

Price: $11,500.00

(stock number K34)
Size: large folio, 16.5" x 11.5" x 3.75"
VERY GOOD+ condition

An amazing and well preserved copy of one of first and earliest FOLIO King James Bibles.  "The true 1613 folio edition of the King James' Bible; easily distinguishable from the other large folio editions by its smaller type....the text is printed with 72 instead of 59 lines to the full column." (this is Herbert's number 322). The Bible is ALL COMPLETE from Genesis to Revelation with Apocrypha and the COMPLETE preliminaries - only the General Title is lacking - all Bible text pages are present (very rare as most of the time some pages at the beginning and especially the end are lacking). It is also bound with the beautifully engraved Genealogies by John Speed (with title page) showing an engraved overview from the descent from Christ al the way back to Adam.
The Bible is still with its ORIGINAL LEATHER covers and spine! It has a six-band raised spine with a black label 'Holy Bible' and gold lettered 'Barker 1613'.
 The Bible is - apart from the general title page - complete: it l starts with the Dedication and the Preface, followed by the complete Kalendar (the leaf with Jul-Aug is loose). An Almanacke and "the Names and Order of all Bookes".   Next the Speed's Genealogies (with title, includes all 34 pages), Next the complete Old Testament, the Apocrypha and the complete New Testament (including Title Page!) ending with the last page of Revelation and the colophon
Per the (New Testament) title page: "The NEWE Teftament of our Lord and Sauiour Jesvs Christ. Newly Tranflated out of the Originall Greeke: And with the former Tranflations diligently compared and reuifed, By his Maiesfties fpeciall Commandement. Appointed to be read in Churches. IMPRINTED at London by Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings moft excellent Maieftie. Anno-Dom. 1613."

All in all a remarkable 1613 large folio KJV for daily use, family treasure, collection or even a museum!!  ...more...
(stock number: H89)
Size: quarto 9 x 7 x 4" 
EXCELLENT conditon

Exceptionally complete early King James Bible in RARE EXCELLENT condition.
Exquisitely bound, 1619, very early (only 8 years after the first edition of the KJV was first published) and complete in VERY aspect quarto-sized King James Holy Bible bound with extra books in an overall beautiful condition: bound with a Book of Common Prayer (complete with red and black 1619 title page - very rare!), Speed's Genealogies (complete with title and the rare double page map of Canaan), the Apocrypha, and a metric Psalter (1619 title and musical bars- also all complete ending with colophon - very rare). Gorgeously (very professionally) rebound in attractive, antique contemporary style leather covers, and a spine with the text "King James Bible, 1619" printed in gold letters. The Bible text is printed in double columns in Roman font.
General Title (1619), with the epistle dedicatory, letter to the reader, and the names and order of the bookes,  the complete Old Testament, Apocrypha and New Testament (with title 1619)
Title: "The Holy Bible, containing the Old Teftament, and the New: Newly tranflated out of the Originall Tongues: And with the former Tranflations diligently compared and revifed, By his Majefties fpeciall commandement, Imprinted at London By Bonham Norton and Iohn Bill, Printers to the Kings moft Excellent Maieftie. M.D.C.XIX." Both this general title page as the New Testament title page is a woodcut-engraved title with words in a sort of heart shape in the center; woodcuts depict 12 tribes of Israel and 12 disciples.

Price: $3,500.00

(stock number H73)
folio-size - 13" x 9" x 3.5"
VERY GOOD (VG) condition

This is one of the LAST editions of the famous Geneva Bibles ever printed!
A folio illustrated Geneva printed in 1640 in the Netherlands by the Pilgrims/protestants fled from prosecution in England before moving to the US. The Bible is in overall very nicely preserved condition and has retained its (likely) original leather covers.  Many illustrations and engravings included, also the engraved title page.
Including the engraved general title to the Bible ("The Bible, That is, the Holy Scriptvres contained in the Old and New Testament ... Amsterdam Printed by Thomas Stafford: and to be fold at his houfe, at the figne of the Flight of Brabant, upon the Milk-market, over againft the Deventer Wood-market <I>I>CXL [1640] According to he copy printed at Edinburgh by Andro Hart in the yeare 1610"). The Bible text is in large Roman letter font and in two columns with the footnotes/commentary in Roman font. Complete Tables/Concordances in the back. It is also printed with the rare 3 page 'Admonition to the Christian Reader' - explaining why the Apocrypha are not part of the Canon and not included in this Bible!
 Various engravings ( illustrations and maps) throughout, including 2 full page illustrations related to the tabernacle and the priests. Beautifully decorated chapter initials (very large initials for the first chapter of every book).  Also with colophons. Many pictures included! Revelation with Fr Junius commentary. There is an almost complete Whole book of Psalms at the rear last numbered page is 114 followed by a prayers page that has no numbers on it might be missing just a page or two.
A very rare and attractive Geneva FOLIO Illustrated Bible!   ...more...

Price: $2,775.00

Price: $4,950.00

(Stock number: G57)
Size: octavo, 7" x 5" x 2.5" 
VERY GOOD and ANTIQUARIAN RESTORED condition

                            "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.  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. ... click for more details and pictures ...
(stock number G95)
Size: quarto 9" x 7" x 3"  
VERY GOOD + condition

EXQUISITE GENUINE 340 YEAR OLD KING JAMES BIBLE PRINTED AT THE THEATER IN OXFORD 1675 ****THE VERY FIRST EDITION OF THE KING JAMES VERSION**** AND THE VERY FIRST ENGLISH BIBLE EVER ****PRINTED AT OXFORD ! ****
 A VERY RARE EXAMPLE THAT IS LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED WITH 240 E
NGRAVINGS !  THICK QUARTO EDITION

Complete with ALL titles (multiples for the Old and New Testaments) with an added set of beautiful full page engravings!
   100% COMPLETE AND IN VERY GOOD CONDITION!!!
 
 AN IMPORTANT HISTORICAL FIRST EDITION THAT IS HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER BY COLLECTORS AND RARELY COMES UP FOR SALE!

Price: $2,950.00

(Stock number: K04)
Size: VERY large folio 19" x 13" x 4.5" thick
VERY GOOD condition

Gorgeous and truly magnificent: The famous and monumental ‘Vinegar Bible,’ also known as the ‘Baskett full of errors,’ and generally acknowledged as the most magnificent Bible printed in England. The text is the King James Version of the English Bible and was printed in large folio by J. Baskett at Oxford in 1717-16. The volume is adorned with numerous beautiful engraved headpieces and tailpieces depicting scenes from the Bible (about 60 in total, about 1/4 of a page each), further adorned with engraved initials, includes the famous typographical error in the headline of Luke XX that reads “The Parable of the Vinegar”  Herbert (#943) calls it "A magnificent edition, printed in large type. With many plates at the beginning and end of books, engraved in steel from the designs of various artists. Some of the initial letters are similarly engraved ... "

This edition is the somewhat rarer illustrated 'B' variant. As printer to King George II and to the University of Oxford between 1711 and his death in 1742, John Baskett was responsible for printing many fine books. However his name is remembered above all for his 1717-1716 imprint of the Holy Bible should have been one of the highlights of Baskett's career. Instead so many printing mistakes were made that people referred to his Bible as a "Baskett-ful of errors.” This edition was authorized for use in the pulpit, and this copy very likely was so used.
The volume comprises the complete text of the Old Testament, Apocrypha, and New Testament, along with the two title pages and the preliminaries. Both titles display beautiful engravings. The volume measures about 19" x 13" x 4.5". See about 70 pictures.

Overall a rare and sound example of this rare BibleFor more details and many pictures click here

Price: $4,750.00

Price: $11,750.00

(Stock number: H67)
Size:  each book: quarto, about 10 1/2" x 9" x 4"
VERY GOOD and WELL PRESERVED condition

A rather UNIQUE offering of a set of the three famous, first edition, first Bibles printed in America by Christoph Saur (Sower in English) in Germantown, Pennsylvania:  the 1743 first Bible printed in America, the 1763 the first Bible printed on American-made paper and the 1776 (also called the gun-wad Bible) which is the first Bible printed from American-made type (font).
Christoph Saur (1693-1758) printed the first Bible (the first Bible printed in the US in a European language - German) - an edition of 1200 copies - in 1743 based on Martin Luther's German translation. He included in the Apocrypha only the books that Luther has used but also added III and IV Esdras (now referred to as I and II Esdras by Protestants) and III Macabees. The verses in Job 19:25-27 are printed in two translations: Luther's and that from the Berleberg Bible.
The 1763 Bible was printed as an edition of 2000 copies (the first Bible printed on American made paper) by Saur's son who was also called Christoph (1721-1784). The third edition was also printed by him in 1776 (3000 copies) and was the first Bible printed with American made letter type. This one is also known as the Gunwad Bible as legend has it that many inbound pages of this edition were used to make cartridge paper during the battle of Germantown, October 4, 1777.
All three Bibles are complete and in VERY GOOD condition.
 
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