Highlighted selection of Antique English and Latin Bibles and Christian Works - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

Go to content

Main menu:

www.AntiqueBible.com's GOLD room
Welcome to our GOLD room: here we offer a highlighted selection of Special Editions, exquisite English and Latin Bibles and unique Christian Works - ENJOY!

View your cart:


(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

(Stock number: L14)
Size: 6.5" x 4.5" x 2.5" thick
VERY GOOD and WELL PRESERVED condition

RARE and PRECIOUS VERY FIRST EDITION - FIRST OCTAVO BIBLE EVER PRINTED!
1491 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 45 years after the invention of the Printing Press and published BEFORE any English Bible was ever published). Printed in the year of our Lord, 1491 by Johannes Froben in Basel. "Basilee (Basel) : Per Ioha[n]nem Froben de Hammelburck Anno nonagesimo-primo supra millesimu[m]-quaterq[ue] centesimu[m] die vero vicesimaseptima Iunij [i.e. 27th June 1491]"
"Biblia integra: summata: distincta: supemendata: vtriusque testament cordantiis illustrata."
The FIRST EVER printed octavo size Bible!!! Froben's "Poor Man's Bible" was printed for the first time in 1491, the name was coined because of its portable (octavo) size, not its cost. Back in those days, even the "poor man's" book often cost more than even moderately well-off people could afford. Froben’s "Exhortatio" at the beginning of the book emphasized the novelty, writing that in view of its small size it would better be called a "Bibliola" or mini-Bible than a Bible (aptius Bibliola quam Biblia dici poterit). Many of Froben's religious titles were printed in sizes that were far more portable (and thus more easily distributed, especially covertly) than the folios which traditionally had been printed for ecclesiastical use. Froben's Bibles were the first printed editions to include references to parallel passages throughout each volume.
Most Bible books preceded by Jerome's preface. Includes "Interpretationes Nominum Hebraicorum" after colophon. Froben's Latin Bibles were based on the 'Fontibus ex Græcis' editions, and were highly esteemed for their accuracy"
The first Bible printed in octavo format, and the first book signed by Johann Froben, founder of a great printer’s dynasty and friend of Erasmus. The size of Froben’s Bible conforms to that of many thirteenth-century portable Bibles written in Paris and elsewhere. Froben’s Exhortatio emphasized this feature: “in view of its small size this could better be called a mini-Bible than a Bible” (aptius Bibliola quam Biblia dici poterit). To keep the number of leaves within a single volume, Froben used an unusually small but very clear gothic fount, in today’s nomenclature of 7-point size.
As a special feature (which cost at printing a lot extra, many of the still existing copies of this Bible DO NOT have this!) - BEAUTIFUL GOLD ILLUMINATED LARGE FIRST INITIAL in the Bible introduction and ALL chapter capitals are rubricated in large Red and Blue letters. First chapter initials are extra large (this Bible was printed BEFORE the verses were numbered, so it only shows the chapter numbers). As paper was very expensive no empty space is wasted between the various Bible books. ... click for more details! ...
     
Bible is SOLD

Price: $4.975.00

(stock number L09)
Size: quarto 9" x 6.5" x 2.5" thick
 VERY GOOD+ - RESTORED CONDITION

THE FIRST GENEVA QUARTO BIBLE EVER PRINTED IN ENGLAND- FIRST EDITION/FIRST ISSUE - PRINTED IN BEAUTIFUL GOTHIC, OLD ENGLISH BLACK LETTER TYPE FONT WITH 3 TITLE PAGES & AMAZING FULL LEATHER BINDING
EXQUISITE GENUINE ALMOST 440 YEAR OLD GENEVA "BREECHES" BIBLE IMPRINTED AT LONDON BY  CHRISTOPHER BARKER PRINTER TO THE QUEENS  MAIEFTIE 1579 - QUARTO EDITION.
Complete Bible text, withconcordances and Psalter. This ancient treasure is newly rebound in luxurious brown full leather . The covers are wonderfully extra blind stamped with several different tools. The spine has 4 raised cords creating five compartments containing a gold lined and stamped label "Holy Bible" and gold stamped date "1579". Beautifully hand marbled end sheets complete the restoration wonderfully.
A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A TRUE MUSEUM PIECE! ...click for more details...
(stock number K79)
Size: quarto 9" x 7" x 3.5" thick
 VERY GOOD CONDITION

'The Bible - Translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke [...] [Bound With] Two Right Profitable and fruitfull Concordances ... 1586'
EXQUISITE GENUINE 430+ YEAR OLD GENEVA "BREECHES" BIBLE IMPRINTED AT LONDON BY  CHRISTOPHER BARKER PRINTER TO THE QUEENS  MAIEFTIE 1586 - QUARTO EDITION MEASURES 9" x 7" x 3.5" thick overall. This COMPLETE 1586 Bible is comprising both Old Testament and New Testament, as well as he Apocrypha (included in this edition between the Prophets and the New Testament). In addition, the Bible is bound with (as issued, according to ESTC) a COMPLETE copy of "Two Right Profitable and Fruitfull Concordances," compiled by Robert F. Herrey,  with his Preface to the Christian Reader, dated 1578, and comprising two extensive Concordances: The first Alphabet of directions to common places, conteyning all the Hebrewe, Caldean, Greeke, Latin, or other strange names..., and The second Alphabet of directions to common places, contayning all the English words …".  A rare find of a rare Bible!
A true 1586 Geneva Bible! ...click for more details...

Price: $3,950.00

(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 L08)
Size: quarto 9 x 7 x 3"  
VERY GOOD+ and EXQUISITELY RESTORED condition

A King James 1613/1612 - Quarto Roman Font - 'She' Bible in a VERY GOOD+ and EXQUISITELY RESTORED condition. Well preserved over almost 4 centuries -  King James Bibles printed with the 'she' text in Ruth 3:15 ("... and she went into the city" ). This is also one of the first black letter quarto edition of the KJV ever printed. 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 Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings moft Excellent Maieftie. ANNO 1613." The New Testament title page (dated 1612) is within historiated  woodcut borders; woodcuts depict 12 tribes of Israel and 12 disciples.
Features 5(!) title pages & a fine full leather binding. This Bible was recently and wonderfully restored, conserved and rebound in beautiful dark brown leather. Features four raised cords that creates a five compartmented spine with gold medallions, "Holy Bible " and "1613/12". The covers are also wonderfully decorated in the period style with blind stamped lines and floral accents. Beautiful handmade marbled endpapers complete the restoration of this ancient treasure very nicely. Could be used as a daily reader with no condition concerns. 
  An amazing Early King James Bible printed at London with plenty of shelf appeal sure to delight both the soul and the senses ! See more info

Price: $4,975.00

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: 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
Bible is SOLD

Price: $3,650.00

(Stock number: H13)
Size:  quarto, about 10 1/2" x 9" x 4"
VERY GOOD and WELL PRESERVED condition

A complete and rare (German language) Bible printed by Christoph Saur (Sower in English) in Germantown, Pennsylvania:  the 1776 (also called the gun-wad Bible) which is the first Bible printed from American-made type (font). It is often referred to as the First True American Bible (as it was the first one printed without any imported materials/paper)
It is a rather special Protestant (Lutheran) Bible as in the Apocrypha it only includes the books that Luther has used but Saur 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 (see one of the pictures)
The 1776 edition (3000 copies) was the first Bible printed with American made letter type. It 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.
In VERY GOOD and WELL PRESERVED condition: The 1776 Gun-Wad Bible is bound in its original covers and (restored) spine with restored leather hasps and decorated with (original) brass corner and center pieces - very nice! Binding holds very well. Some typical browning but overall very clean and undamaged pages. See picture for the title page
 
Back to content | Back to main menu