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.
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
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
damp staining and such. Written original family pages for marriages, births
A well preserved piece of American