VICTORIAN AMERICAN FAMILY BIBLE, EXTENSIVELY ILLUSTRATED AND ELABORATELY BOUND
BIBLE. The Holy Bible. Utica, NY and Saint Paul, MN: Bristol & Smith, circa 1882. Thick folio (10-1/2 by 12-1/2 inches), contemporary full dark brown morocco over heavily embossed wooden boards, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and covers, raised bands, beveled edges, moiré endpapers, all edges gilt, sliver clasp and catch.
Late 19th-century American family Bible, the beloved King James text, extensively illustrated with hundreds of plates—including Doré's Bible illustrations, and many color plates—color-printed maps, and in-text wood-engraved illustrations, in an elaborate, embossed binding with fine sliver clasp and catch.
First published in 1611, the King James Version of the Bible has exercised an incalculable impact on piety, language and literature throughout the English-speaking world. It is probably the text most commonly found in decorative family Bibles such as this one. Includes a metrical psalter, a concordance, a history of the bible, a biblical dictionary, and a number of other historical and doctrinal essays. The extensive illustrations include Gustave Doré's striking series of Bible illustrations, first published in France in 1857. Three leaves preceding the New Testament dedicated to marriages, births, deaths and memoranda partially engrossed in manuscript between the years 1885-1950; one photographic family portrait added to the two leaves provided for such portraits at rear.
Just a few leaves and one folding plate near rear with expert paper repairs; text and plates generally clean and fine. Rear joint expertly repaired with light expert restoration to elaborate binding. An excellent family Bible.