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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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(Stock number: H78)
 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 1763 which is the first Bible printed on American made paper.
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. This 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). 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 1763 Bible has all original covers, spine, and (restored) leather straps. Decorated with (original) brass corner and center pieces - very nice! Likely rebound sometime in the 20th century and it is holding well. All complete with both title pages, colophons and ornamental headpieces. text basically identical to the 1743 edition. Some typical browning etc throughout.
In VERY GOOD and WELL PRESERVED condition

Price: $2,950.00

Bible is SOLD
(Stock number D18)
Large: 14.5" x 10" x 4"
VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT condition
A quite UNIQUE and RARE English, non-KJV Bible: 'A New and Literal Translation of All the Books of the Old and New Testament with Notes, Critical and Explanatory by Anthony Pulver in TWO Volumes [here both volumes are bound in 1 book}, London ... M DCC LXIV"
As per Herbert's Catalog (#1154): This is an Original Version, by a member of the Society of Friends, who is said to have spent 30 years in its preparation. It contains the complete Bible with additional remarks, indices and extensive commentary/notes. Its intention was to become an alternative for the King James Bible that dominated as often the only available translation in the 18th century. It obviously did not succeed and it did not gain much support.
Professionally rebound with new covers and leather spine. Can be read daily without any binding concerns, No writing, some light occasional foxing but all in all the paper is very clean and crisp. A VERY nice and rare Bible indeed! ... more details...

(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

Price: $3,650.00

(Stock number: I81)
Size: 12" x 9" x 3.75" 
VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT condition

       RARE FIRST EDITION of the famous 1841 HEXAPLA! (the first edition is identified by the printed date in red on the title page)
 'The English Hexapla - exhibiting six important English translations of the New Testament Scriptures, WICLIF (M.CCC.LXXX), TYNDALE (M.D.XXXIV), CRANMER [the Great Bible] (M.D.XXXIX), GENEVAN (M.D.LVII), ANGLO-RHEMISH (M.D.LXXXII), AUTHORISED (M.DC.XI) ... preceded by a History of English Translations and Translators ... M.DCCC.XLI'
Beautifully professionally antiquarian quality re-bound with ORIGINAL covers and new spine with original label 'The English Hexapla' in gold. An amazing resource for a parallel study of the 6 major translations from the English Bible translations history, including the Great and Geneva Bible that played a very important role in the translation of the original King James and also including the complete Greek text of the New Testament.
The English Hexapla contains six English translations of the New Testament arranged side by side for easy comparison and reference. The six English translations are: The Wycliffe version of 1380 (the first English scripture), The Tyndale version of 1534-1536 (the first English printed scripture), and Cranmer's Great Bible of 1539 (the first Authorized English Bible). Continuing across each right-hand page is: The Geneva “1557” - translation actually completed in 1560, (the Bible of the Protestant Reformation), The Rheims 1582 (the first Roman Catholic English version), and the 1611 King James First Edition.
A very remarkable piece of scholarly Biblical history. ... click for more details ...
Bible is SOLD
Bible is SOLD
(Stock number F76)

A very remarkable and rather unique 19th century 'The English Hexapla - exhibiting six important English translations of the New Testament Scriptures, WICLIF (M.CCC.LXXX), TYNDALE (M.D.XXXIV), CRANMER [the Great Bible] (M.D.XXXIX), GENEVAN (M.D.LVII), ANGLO-RHEMISH (M.D.LXXXII), AUTHORISED (M.DC.XI) ... preceded by a History of English Translations and Translators."
Beautifully bound in the very high quality English style binding with leather spine and partial leather covers, 5 raised band spine with title 'English Hexapla' in gold. An amazing resource for a parallel study of the 6 major translations from the English Bible translations history, including the Great and Geneva Bible that played a very important role in the translation of the original King James and also including the complete Greek text of the New Testament.
The English Hexapla contains six English translations of the New Testament arranged side by side for easy comparison and reference. The six English translations are: The Wycliffe version of 1380 (the first English scripture), The Tyndale version of 1534-1536 (the first English printed scripture), and Cranmer's Great Bible of 1539 (the first Authorized English Bible). Continuing across each right-hand page is: The Geneva “1557” - translation actually completed in 1560, (the Bible of the Protestant Reformation), The Rheims 1582 (the first Roman Catholic English version), and the 1611 King James First Edition. ... More details...
 
 
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