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All Bibles are listed in order of publishing date. For each Bible there is a seperate detailed webpage with many, many more pictures that you can reach by clicking on the title of the Bible or at the 'more details' link at the end of the description.
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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Bible is SOLD
(stock number G86)

12" x 10" x 3.5"
EXCELLENT (E)  condition

A RARE and PRECIOUS color illustrated antique Roman Catholic book with full page engravings and gold gilt pages, printed in 1879 by Benziger Borthers, in an EXCELLENT condition. Bound in gorgeous gilt adorned and designed raised Victorian leather with gilt borders and adornments on boards and spine. On the spine in gold letter the text "The Life of our Saviour Jesus Christ" is written. On the leather covers are gold embossed decorations - including Christ with a cross on the front cover and Mary with child on the back cover.
 "The life of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and of His Virgin Mother Mary ... by Rev Richard Brennan LLD., ... published with the approbation of his eminence the Cardinal Archbishop of New York - Illustrated". There are multiple pages with approbations for (arch) bishops from all around the United States.
Extensively illustrated with smaller (in-text) and full page engravings, decorated chapter capitals and so on. There are a number of very rare glossed full-paged color chromolithographed engravings.
Presentation page in the front. There are some pages for family registry and photographs.
Bible is SOLD
(stock number 997)

12" x 10" x 2"
VERY GOOD (VG)  condition

A truly unique find: a Roman Catholic 1880ies Bible sampler used to sell the famous Haydock, (color) illustrated Catholic family Bibles door to door. Quite some Protestant samplers have been preserved, but finding a Roman Catholic Salesman Bible is very rare - there were only very few produced, let alone still in existence!!! This sampler shows a publisher neutral title page (so the salesman/franchise could add their own name) but is dated via copy rights to 1884 the year of the publication of most (color) illustrated Haydock Catholic family Bibles.
This Salesman Bible Sampler offers examples of 3 different Bibles:
- the 1884 black and white illustrated Haydock edition - with black and white picture of Pope Leo XIII and a b/w section of the 14 Stations of the Cross. Examples of the various introductory sections (like the Approbations, Portraits of the Bishops, color maps, Illustrated Catholic Bible Dictioanry, Hisotry of the Books of the Holy Catholic Bible,  Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dore engravings etc etc) are all present as well as a sampling of the Bible text itself.
- the 1884 color edition, with all of the above PLUS examples of the color illustrations (picture of the Pope, Stations of the Cross, Parables of Jesus) are included
- a sampler of the 1880es German language Catholic family Bible with examples of its various sections.

There are off course also examples of the various covers and spines to choose from. A VERY RARE Roman Catholic family Bible sampler book  ...more details ...
(stock number I21)
Size: 5.25" x 4" x 1.75"

The  Key to Heaven. A Manuel of Prayer for the use of the Faithful.
  NY/ Cincinnati/Chicago: Benziger Bros., 1879.
 Extremely rare American Catholic prayer book. An exquisitely bound example, this piece is bound in raised and embossed gilt adorned leather, as shown, with a central cross design; a working brass swing clasp and brass board edges, topped off with beautiful gilt to the page edges, gauffered with a stamped design, truly an eye catcher. The covers exhibit minimal wear, overall in fantastic shape. Illustrated with many scenes, borders, plates and figures throughout.  Unmarked. Pocket sized.
A PRISTINE and VERY RARE Catholic prayer book ...more details ...
Bible is SOLD
Bible is SOLD
(stock number G72B
10.5" x 8" x 2.5"
VERY GOOD (VG)  condition

A rather special and unique illustrated antique Roman Catholic book with full page (COLOR) engravings  and gold gilt pages, printed in New York in a VERY GOOD  condition. Bound in gorgeous gilt adorned and designed raised Victorian leather with gilt borders and adornments on boards and spine. On the spine in gold letter the text "Christ in His Church - Her Dogmas and her Saints" is written.
'The Dogmas, Sacraments and Sacramentals of the Holy Catholic Church'.
 Beautifully Illustrated with full page Steel Engravings - including the color "Stations of the Cross'
VERY GOOD condition. The Bible's binding is holding well but handle with care as always.  Light rubbing on covers as shown. Pages clean and bright, all bound, multiple of full-page COLOR and black and white engravings. Clean pages. Multiple sections bound into one volume. Includes unused family registry pages.

A well preserved - COLOR - Roman Catholic study book ...more details ...
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