1846 Historical Illustrated Harper Illuminated Leather American Bible with many engravings - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

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     1846 Historical Illustrated Harper Illuminated Leather American Bible with many engravings 
Size: 13.5" x 10" x 4.5"
Publisher: Harper & Brothers, New York
VERY GOOD condition

Price: $595.00

      American Bible History: A nicely preserved 1846 Harper Illuminated Bible. Beautiful decorated front and back cover and 5-band raised spine with the text "Holy Bible" and showing various beautiful decorations and illustrations.
Dated 1846 with, at foot of title, "entered ... in the year 1843 by Harper and Brothers". Frontispiece and illuminated title to each Testament. Table, Index and Concordance at the end. With Apocrypha.
The work was originally announced in 1843, and was issued in 54 numbers of 25ct each. J.A. Adams, the engraver, is credited with having taken the first electrotype in America from a woodcut. Many illustrations in this Bible are done this way. Artists were engaged for more than six years (!) in the preparation of the designs and engravings included in this Bible, at a cost of over $20,000 (a small fortune in those days!).
"This Harper publication was a remarkable production in its time and place, and retains its importance in the annals of American bookmaking. W.J. Linton, noted wood-engraver and author, knew 'no other book like this, so good, so perfect in all its undertakes.' The illustrations are like picturings of history, as are so many of the old European Biblical paintings and illustrations." [Hill's catalogue #1161]
"Embellished with sixteen hundred historical engravings"
 There are a set of family pages for recording births and deaths (all with writings from the previous owners) in middle of the Bible
This Bible is in an overall VERY GOOD condition. First book edition of Harper's Illuminated Bible (first issued in 54 parts). Large, thick and beautiful, bound in lavish bordered leather on the covers and (restored) spine.  Contents leaf printed in color, engraved main title, engraved title to Apocrypha/ New Testament printed in color as well, 2 frontispieces, text in triple column, the middle column a narrow one with notations and glosses; numerous wood-engraved illustrated throughout. Gilt page edges. Book is in solid shape, well maintained with gilt bright and shining. Binding is holding well and the book can be used daily (with care as always).  Pages with typical browning and occasional foxing, damp staining and such. Written original family pages for marriages, births and deaths.
A well preserved piece of American Bible history
 
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