A very large 19th Century illustrated bible

We think this is the most beautiful bible we have ever seen or offered for sale.

It dates to before 1885 (though we cannot find a publication date) as this is the date of its inscription as a marriage gift. There are no other annotations and the births, marriages and deaths pages remain empty.

It’s a huge tome (38cm x 29cm x 14cm and exceptionally heavy) with tooled leather boards with gilt detailing and gilt edged pages to all sides. It is what we would term ‘church pulpit sized’ rather than personal use size.

There are countless illustrations (some maps are in colour), and the detail of the engraved plates is just sublime. We’ve included a composite image of the names of just some of the eminent artists and engravers featured.

Truly a book to treasure.

More photographs available on request.



All approximate

Length 38cm

Width 29cm

Height 14cm



Where there are specific points to note we will detail these as far as possible but please be aware that all our items have wear commensurate with age and are as seen in the photographs. If you require any specific information please do not hesitate to get in contact. A goof binding with foxing throughout. 


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