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(stock number: H17)
Size: 9" x 6.5" x 3" thick

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).
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 ...
(Stock number: I10)
 Size:  FOLIO, 13" x 9" x 3.25"

A very RARE and remarkable well preserved ILLUSTRATED FOLIO 1562 edition of the Great Bible containing the complete Old Testament, Apocrypha and New Testament! No pages lacking, which is extremely rare to find as usually sections in the front and back are missing.
This Bible is described in Herbert's catalogue as #117 - printed by Richard Harrison. This offering lacks almost all the preliminary leaves as well as the general title. All other titles (four in total are present). It start with a perfectly preserved full page engraving of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden with the list of books on verso.
The Bible text is divided into five sections: 1) Pentateuch (5 Books of Moses); 2) Joshua-Job (with title present); 3) Psalter to Malachi (with title present); 4) Apocrypha (with title present) and 5) the New Testament (with Table and large engraved title Anno Do. M.DLXII [1562]). The Bible ends with the dated colophon. The Bible is printed in Gothic - Black letter font, with 2 columns of 58 lines. Just about all books begin with a woodcut illustration. Some books also have illustrations at other chapters and the book of Revelation has a special series of 20 special cuts as chapter illustrations. Also just about all chapters have engraved woodcut first chapter initials. The pages have large bold printed headers and the leaves are numbered in roman numbers on the right top. Except for the Psalter where the leaves are number by a count of Days.
The Great Bible was the first authorized edition of the Bible in English, authorized by King Henry VIII of England to be read aloud in the church services of the Church of England. The Great Bible was so called due to Sir Thomas Cromwell, Secretary to Henry VIII and Vicar General requiring the clergy to "set up the Holy Bible of the largest volume in every church so that parishioners may read it".  Hence it has often been referred to as Cromwell's Bible. This was the first and only truly "Authorised Version" and was commonly chained to the pulpit in the churches. It remained the official bible for the Church of England for the the period from 1538 till the publication of the Bishop's Bible in 1568.
This 1562 edition was the FIRST AUTHORIZED printing after the accession of Elizabeth I and was issued to refocus the Church of England to the Great Bible as the preferred Scripture.
An AMAZING rare ILLUSTRATED FOLIO GREAT BIBLE!   ... click to see more details and MANY MORE pictures ...

Price: $34,750.00

Price: $28,500.00

(Stock number: H56)
Size:  QUARTO, 8.5" x 6" x 3" thick

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: $13,750.00

(Stock number: I88)
Size: large folio 17" x 11" x 5.5" thick

An EXCEPTIONAL quality, complete PULPIT folio sized (17" x 11" x 5.5") 1572 Bishops Bible. This is the SECOND FOLIO EDITION of the famous Bishops' Bible of the Church of England. Including the Calendar and Genealogies, the Old and New Testament and Apocrypha. This is by far the nicest, best preserved and most complete early Bishop's Bible we have ever seen. It is exceptionally complete - all prelims, ALL titles (with facsimile general title) and Bible pages are present. Ends with the tables and Jugge's colophon!
"The Holie Bible", 1572, London, R. Jugge. Loaded with amazing engravings!  Including large engravings in Genesis (2, including a map), Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers (including a map), Joshua, Judges, 1 Samuel, 3rd Kings (is now called 1 Kings), Isaiah, Jeremiah, map in NT, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts (map), Romans, James, 1 Peter and of course Revelation. Also beautifully decorated chapter initials throughout.
A total of FIVE (engraved/illustrated) title pages: the General Title (facsimile), the Second Part, the Third part, the Apocrypha and the New Testament title.
This is the only edition that contains the two- version Psalter, which exhibits, printed side by side, (1) the translation used in the Book of Common Prayer [from the Great Bible] and (2) the translation after the Hebrewes [Bishops Bible].
Beautifully bound with contemporary blind-tooled calf over (original) wooden boards with brass center- and corner pieces (lacks 1), brass catches, central pieces and (restored) hasps. Please take your time to enjoy this treasure, there are over a 100 pictures! 
(Stock number: I87)
Size:  QUARTO, 8.5" x 6.5" x 2.5" thick

A truly breath-taking historically very important Bible in MUSEUM quality: Bishops Bible - in amazing condition. COMPLETE with all titles (general title is a facsimile) and complete Bible text with engravings. NOTHING lacking at the end, but ending with the colophon (and a complete book of Revelation), followed by an almost complete 1573 John Daye metric/musical Psalter (with title, also red-ruled). This is the first edition that has the Book of Common Prayer version of the Psalms in the Bible text.
Exquisite binding of the highest quality likely from the mid 1800s.  Beautiful leather gold stamped/decorated boards (center decoration in gold and red with 'IHS' [Jesus] and corner flowers) and spine with the text 'Holy Bible'. Gold gilt page edges.
General title provided in facsimile, all other titles present: 2nd part (before Joshua), 3rd part (before Psalms), 4th (Apocrypha) and the New testament. All these titles show three of Jugge's small devices: (1) a Cupid holding the letter R and an arrow, (2) a pelican and (3) a nightingale in a tree with the printer's name on a scroll. At the end of Revelation is a large device below the colophon ("Imprinted at London in Powles Churchyarde by Richard Jugge, Printer to the Queenes Maieftie") of the pelican.
Text in black letter. RED-RULED (by hand) throughout. Various maps and engravings throughout including the 'Garden of Eden' at Genesis 1, a full page 'tabernacle in the desert' engraving in Exodus and the map of Paul's travels at the end of Acts ('The Cart Cofmographie'). Also various tables.
John Day's Psalter at the end has the title, musical bars and is almost complete (all Psalms, Hymns etc are present, few prayer pages likely lacking).
 An astounding very early Bishop Bible!

Price: $10,750.00

(Stock number: K16)
 folio, 11.25 x 8 x 3" thick

This is an AMAZINGLY preserved and rare 1576 Geneva Bible. The absolute FIRST Geneva folio Bible edition ever printed: printed in England by Christopher Barker!!! With ALL the original title pages: The general title to the Bible (mounted) as well as the New Testament title with all titles dating the Bible to 1576 - 'Imprinted at London by Chriftopher Barkar, dwelling in Povvles Churchyard at the figne of the Tigers Head, 1576' This Bible is complete including all prelims (dedication of Qveene Elizabeth, 'to our beloved...', Names and Order of the bookes...). Also with large print of Barker's device (a tiger's head - the crest of his patron, Sir F Walsingham) on the verso of the New Testament title as well as at the end of Revelation. Also table of 'the order of the yeres...'. Lacks after that.
Printed in Roman Type with double columns, includes a extensive set of  in-text engravings and engraved/illustrated first chapter initials. This Bible is described in Herbert's catalog as number 143. this is the much rarer 'A' variant which is also recognized as the true first printed in England.
In the front is the book plate of  the Marquess of Headfort. The Marquess of Headfort is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1800 for Thomas Taylour, 2nd Earl of Bective. Despite the official title, the family unfailingly use the alternative rendering Marquis of Headfort, and this is the spelling more commonly encountered in references to family members.   ... click to see more details and pictures ...

Price: $8,500.00

Price: $8,500.00

(Stock number: I27)
Folio, 14.5" x 10.5" x 4" thick

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

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"

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

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

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 ...

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" 

                            "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


Complete with ALL titles (multiples for the Old and New Testaments) with an added set of beautiful full page engravings!

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"

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.
(Stock number: I81)
Size: 12" x 9" x 3.75" 

       RARE FIRST EDITION of the famous 1841 HEXAPLA! (the first edition is identified by the printed date in red on the title page)
 'The English Hexapla - exhibiting six important English translations of the New Testament Scriptures, WICLIF (M.CCC.LXXX), TYNDALE (M.D.XXXIV), CRANMER [the Great Bible] (M.D.XXXIX), GENEVAN (M.D.LVII), ANGLO-RHEMISH (M.D.LXXXII), AUTHORISED (M.DC.XI) ... preceded by a History of English Translations and Translators ... M.DCCC.XLI'
Beautifully professionally antiquarian quality re-bound with ORIGINAL covers and new spine with original label 'The English Hexapla' in gold. An amazing resource for a parallel study of the 6 major translations from the English Bible translations history, including the Great and Geneva Bible that played a very important role in the translation of the original King James and also including the complete Greek text of the New Testament.
The English Hexapla contains six English translations of the New Testament arranged side by side for easy comparison and reference. The six English translations are: The Wycliffe version of 1380 (the first English scripture), The Tyndale version of 1534-1536 (the first English printed scripture), and Cranmer's Great Bible of 1539 (the first Authorized English Bible). Continuing across each right-hand page is: The Geneva “1557” - translation actually completed in 1560, (the Bible of the Protestant Reformation), The Rheims 1582 (the first Roman Catholic English version), and the 1611 King James First Edition.
A very remarkable piece of scholarly Biblical history. ... click for more details ...

Price: $1,600.00


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