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A note on the quality of our Antique Bibles:
We take great pride in the quality of the Bibles we offer. We cannot replace missing pages or undo water damage and so on, but we do make sure that the binding of the pages as well as the covers is in good (daily) useable condition. Therefore most Bibles go through a restoration process where the spines are cleaned of old failing adhesive and loose pages or broken signatures are restored/replaced. Old spine leather is reinforced or replaced and spine reinforcement is applied with new headbands and the cover hinge is extra re-enforced. Also the cover leather is cleaned and treated and if applicable the clasps are cleaned and restored. This is not just a patch job! This process brings the strength of the book back to its original quality!

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(Stock number: I07)
Size: FOLIO 15 1/2" x 10 1/2" x 5"
 VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT and Antiquarian quality restored

Extraordinary EXQUISITE 430+ YEAR OLD MARTIN LUTHER HAND-COLORED EXTRA- ILLUSTRATED HOLY BIBLE (German language - Biblia) PRINTED IN WITTENBERG BY HANS KRAFFT IN 1584 WITH 1,422 HAND COLORED INITIALS & 224 HAND COLORED AND ILLUMINATED ENGRAVINGS ! AN ASTOUNDING EXAMPLE OF RENAISSANCE ART AND TYPOGRAPHY !
 
 GENERAL TITLE PAGE, 'Biblia, Das ist Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft, Deutsch D. Mart. Luth. Cum Gratia & Privilegio. Wittemberg, M.D.LXXXIIII [1584]', full page engraving featuring various Biblical scenes such as the Garden of Eden, Noah’s Ark etc., dual dated 1584 in both Roman and Arabic numbers, beautiful vivid colors, mounted on heavy card stock, margins soiled, verso with a wonderful full page engraving of the crucifixion, very rare to find a 16th century title page still in place.
   THE OLD TESTAMENT, foliated 1- 383, The first of two parts from Moses through Solomon, features a wonderful frontispiece engraving of the Garden of Eden, Features 153 hand colored engravings skillfully executed by a contemporary Renaissance artist in beautiful vivid colors. Several are illuminated with gold gilt that contain elements of jewelry, crowns, fire etc. Also including 681 hand colored historiated and floriated initials plus many selected sections of text underlined in red and green
   THE PROPHETS TITLE PAGE, 'Propheten alle Deutfch, D. Mart. Luth., Cum Gratia & Privilegio. Wittemberg. Gedrucft durch Hans Krafft's Erben., MDLXXXIIII', beautiful hand colored engraving, title page to the second of two parts, verso blank and clean.
 THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS, APOCRYPHA AND NEW TESTAMENT, foliated 2- 430, The second of two parts from Jeremiah to the end of the New Testament. Features 71 hand colored engravings skillfully executed by a contemporary Renaissance artist in beautiful vivid colors. Several are illuminated with gold gilt that contain elements of jewelry, crowns, fire etc. Also including 741 hand colored historiated and floriated initials plus many selected sections of text underlined in red and green.

ABsolutely astoundingly beautiful very early large Luther Bible
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(Stock number: I18)
Size: ELEPHANT FOLIO 16" x 10" x 4.5"
VERY GOOD+ and WELL PRESERVED condition

VERY RARE - SCARCE ILLUSTRATED LUTHERAN BIBLE, FINE ORIGINAL VELLUM BINDING , MASSIVE THICK ELEPHANT FOLIO 16" x 10" inches (LxB). 4.5" INCHES THICK.
MARTIN LUTHER'S FAMOUS BIBLIA with 155 ORIGINAL ENGRAVED ILLUSTRATIONS - 9 FULL PAGE
BIBLIA DAS IST Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft  Altes und Newes Testaments Durch D. Martin Luther verteutscht
NUREMBURG. : Johann Andrea Endters, MDCCCXXV, 1725 [published date: 1725]. Rare Early edition.  Pp. [68], 1181 [20] pages with 155 Copper engraved plates of which there are 9 full page engraved plates, some pages with 4 different images of Biblical scenes & 146 engraved half page illustrations, flourished initials throughout, with annotations. Fine original contemporary full vellum binding, with ornate blind stamped/tooled designs, over wooden boards, spine with 6 thick raised bands, 6 (of 8) brass corner bosses, leather straps and both brass clasps present. Includes the full page New Testament engraved title and half title pages. Collated, complete as issued. A
classic work.
An amazingly beautiful German Bible/Biblia. See the many pictures included. 
(Stock number: I32)
quarto 9.5 x 7.5 x 4"
VERY GOOD and WELL PRESERVED condition

Biblia, das ist, Die gantze Heilige Schrift : Alten und Neuen Testaments, nach der deutschen Uebersetzung und mit den Vorreden Doctor Martin Luthers, auf das neue mit Deutlichen Summarien ... samt einer Vorrede über die ganze Heil. Schrift D. Christoph Matthai Pfaffen
 By Martin Luther. Published: Tübingen : Verlegts Johann Philipp Erhardt, 1748.
 [70], 776, [2], 294, [4], 184, 372 pages : illustrations (some folded). Hardcover in original leather binding with beautiful original brass working clasps (see pictures!).  Title in red and black. Woodcut illustrations in text; initials. Handwritten 18th-century notes on rear endpaper. New Testament has separate title page.
 VERY GOOD and WELL PRESERVED condition. 4 parts in 1 vol. With 1 engraved title and 32 copper plates (1 double page; partly with inscriptions on verso). Tubingen, Joh. Ph. Erhardt 1748. Blind tooled pigskin over wooden boards. 4to. 34 ll., 776 pp.; 294 pp., 1 l.; 184 pp.; 372 pp.  Fine, richly illustrated Luther Bible with prophets, apocrypha, Augsburg Confession, a time register and the Hedinger register. - Partly browned and thumbed, some with small marginal blemishes.
      All in all well-preserved and richly illustrated Bible. See the many pictures included. 

Price: $1,350.00

(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.

Price: $11,750.00

Price: $495.00

(Stock number H01)
Size: 12" x 10" x 5"
VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition

'Svensk Familiebibel - Den Heliga Skrift'.  An elaborate extensively (some color) illustrated and comprehensive edition of a Family Holy Bible in the Swedish language (printed in the US by WL Richardson), including numerous full page Gustave Dore engravings (different galleries), astounding chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This gorgeous Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers  and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Den Heilga Skrift - Illustrerad of Gustave Dore". Gold gilt pages and fully functional closing clasps.
There are extensive other resources included, like: the Apocrypha, colored maps, extensive illustrated dictionary, illustrated introduction to the books of the Bible, Hofmanns New Testament gallery and much much more (see pictures)
There is a blank presentation page in the front. Between the Old and New Testament are the blank Holy Matrimony page and pages for recording births, deaths and marriages. Pages for family photos at the end.
(Stock number H19)
Size: 16" x 12" x 5" (both volumes together)
VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition

The majestic edition of the famous German printing of the 'super folio' size (16" x 12"!) of the complete series of 230 full page illustrations by the famous Gustave Dore. Including the Old Testament , the Apocrypha and the New Testament.
Dore’s masterpiece and by far the best and most renowned edition of any Gustave Dore illustrated German language Bible produced in the 19th century.
Bound in full tooled and gilt brown leather covers decorated with  gold gilt cross and the text 'Die Heilige Schrift'. Both volumes also have the "Die Heilige Schrift - Illustriert von Gustave Dore" in gold letters on the spine, together with the volume number. Volume 1 covers Genesis through Song of Songs, Volume 2 Isaiah to Revelation. All edges are gilt. All Dore plates present as called for in contents. Complete in every respect. Bible text translated by Martin Luther.
Also includes the original - never written on - family 'death, birth and marriage' pages.

Price: $795.00

Price: $545.00

(Stock number G83)
Size: 12" x 10" x 4.5"
VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition

'Den Heliga Skrift'.  A gorgeous, very well preserved, extensively (some color) illustrated and comprehensive edition of a Family Holy Bible in the Swedish language (printed in the US by the Bay State Company in Boston), including numerous full page Gustave Dore engravings (MANY different galleries), astounding chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This gorgeous Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers  and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Den Heilga Skrift - Illustrerad of Gustave Dore". Gold gilt pages and fully functional closing clasps.
There are extensive other resources included, like: the Apocrypha, colored maps, extensive illustrated dictionary, illustrated introduction to the books of the Bible, the Thorvaldsen Galleri of Apostles, Hofmann's New Testament gallery, color printed parables of Jesus and much much more (see pictures). There is a blank presentation page in the front. Between the Old and New Testament are the blank Holy Matrimony page and pages for recording births, deaths and marriages. Pages for family photos at the end.
(Stock number G83)
Size: 12" x 10" x 5"
close to EXCELLENT and DAILY USABLE condition

'Svensk Familiebibel - Den Heliga Skrift'.  An elaborate extensively (some color) illustrated and comprehensive edition of a Family Holy Bible in the Swedish language (printed in the US by Empyreal Publishing House in St Paul), including numerous full page Gustave Dore engravings (different galleries), astounding chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This gorgeous Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers  and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Den Heilga Skrift - Illustrerad of Gustave Dore". Gold gilt pages and fully functional closing clasps.
There are extensive other resources included, like: the Apocrypha, colored maps, extensive illustrated dictionary, illustrated introduction to the books of the Bible, Gallery of Bible Illustrations, Color illustrated parables, and much much more (see pictures)
There is a blank presentation page in the front. Between the Old and New Testament are the blank Holy Matrimony page and pages (with writing) for recording births, deaths and marriages. Pages for family photos at the end.
This Bible is in a close to EXCELLENT and DAILY USABLE condition. Binding is professionally (antiquarian quality) restored - you can use this book without any concerns. Complete Bible. Minor wear for its age. Original marriage certificate and family pages. Restored spine.
A PRISTINE color SWEDISH antique Family Holy Bible!  ... more details... 

Price: $575.00

Price: $425.00

(Stock number I70)
Size: 12" x 10" x 4.5"
VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition

'Die Heilige Schrift des Alten and Neuen Testamentes ... Illustrirte Volksausgabe'.  An elaborate extensively (some color) illustrated and comprehensive edition of a Roman Catholic Family Holy Bible in the German (Deutsch) language (printed in the US by John Potter), including numerous full page Gustave Dore engravings, astounding chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This gorgeous Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers  and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Heilige Schriift". Gold gilt pages and original fully functional cross shaped closing clasps.
There are extensive other resources included, like: colored maps, extensive illustrated dictionary (Katholischen Bible Worterbuch), illustrated introduction to the books of the Bible, extensive in-text illustrations, and much much more (see pictures)
 Blank presentation page in the front. Between the Old and New Testament are the blank Holy Matrimony page and pages for recording births, deaths and marriages. Pages for family photos at the end.
 
An exquisite GERMAN Roman Catholic Family Holy Bible!  ... more details... 
(Stock number H22)
Size: 12" x 10" x 4"
VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition

'Die Neue Illustrierte Familien Bibel'.  An elaborate extensively (some color) illustrated and comprehensive edition of a Family Holy Bible in the German (Deutsch) language (printed in the US by AJ Holman), including numerous full page Gustave Dore engravings (different galleries), astounding chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This gorgeous Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers  and spine, all with the gold-letter text "Heilige Schriift -  Worterbuch der Bible and Stadte der Heiligen Schrift". Gold gilt pages and cover decorations (Bible scenes).
There are extensive other resources included, like: the Apocrypha, colored maps, extensive illustrated dictionary, illustrated introduction to the books of the Bible, Bible stories for the young, and much much more (see pictures)
 Between the Old and New Testament are the blank Holy Matrimony page and (partially filled)pages for recording births, deaths and marriages. Pages for family photos at the end.

Price: $495.00

Price: $550.00

(Stock number H41A)
Size: 12" x 10" x 4.5"
VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT condition

'Pyhä Raamattu'.  An elaborate extensively (some color) illustrated and comprehensive edition of a RARE American Family Holy Bible in the FINNISH language (printed in the US by AJ Holman), including numerous full page Gustave Dore engravings (different galleries), astounding chromolithographs (color engravings) and color maps. This gorgeous Family Bible has intricate gold-embedded decorated covers  and spine, all with the gold-letter texts in Finnish   and fully functional closing clasps.
There are extensive other resources included, like: the Apocrypha, colored maps, extensive illustrated dictionary, illustrated introduction to the books of the Bible, Hofmanns New Testament gallery, color parables and much much more (see pictures)
There is a blank presentation page in the front. Between the Old and New Testament are the blank Holy Matrimony page and pages for recording births, deaths and marriages. Pages for family photos at the end.
This Bible is in a VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT and DAILY USABLE condition. The Bible's binding, spine and cover are holding well and this Bible can be used daily with care (as always). Complete Bible. Very little wear for its age. Some scruffs and very minor damages to the covers and spine. Small starting crack in the leather at the spine. Original marriage certificate and family pages.
A delicious FINISH antique Family Holy Bible!  ... more details... 
 
 
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