Holy Bible

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Holy Bible
Holy Bible
Holy Bible
Holy Bible
Holy Bible
Holy Bible

“PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT LANDMARK IN DORÉ’S CAREER”: HIS GREAT FOLIO BIBLE, WITH 238 FULL-PAGE WOOD-ENGRAVINGS, LARGE-FORMAT COPY IN FULL CONTEMPORARY MOROCCO

(DORÉ, Gustave). The Holy Bible. With Illustrations by Gustave Doré. London and New York: Cassell, Petter and Galpin, circa 1867. Two volumes. Thick folio (12 by 15 inches), contemporary full brown morocco over wooden boards, elaborately gilt-decorated boards and spines, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $7500.

One of the earliest editions in English (all undated) of Gustave Doré’s great folio Bible, splendidly illustrated by him with 238 full-page wood-engravings and handsomely bound in contemporary full morocco.

"In the 1870s, The Doré Bible was perhaps the most treasured (and expensive) book in the world" (Malan, 81). Certainly, it proved a milestone in Doré's career. "Whereas he had to hawk round to publishers his drawings for the Rabelais [part of his intended series of volumes illustrating the masterpieces of literature], only to see them ruined by the cheap-jack who eventually took them on, the Bible was enthusiastically sponsored by one of the greatest French publishers of illustrated books of the day, Mame of Tours… Its original reception was truly remarkable… A second edition of the Bible was called for almost at once… Editions appeared in almost every European country… One of the first off the mark was an English edition from Cassell, Petter and Galpin, 1867. This caused an even greater sensation than the French edition, and the demand among collectors for any and everything by Doré was clamorous" (Muir, 224). Because of demand, a number of editions in English saw print between 1867 and 1903 in a variety of formats, none of which were dated on the title page. This set is among the earliest editions, in that it contains 238 plates (later editions had only 205) and is in the large format of 12 by 15 inches. With separate title pages for Apocrypha and New Testament. Malan, 239. Herbert 1977.

Light marginal dampstaining, principally in Volume I, not touching text or images; minor expert restoration to joints of handsome contemporary binding. An impressive production.

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