1881 Restored Parallel Bible Victorian Large Leather Rare Antique Family Book
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1881 Restored Parallel Bible Victorian Large Leather Rare Antique Family Book:
As regards restoration, leather starts failing after 100 years depending on usage. Any large Victorian Bible exceeding this age almost invariably will need the front and back covers reattached to the body of the Bible using new leather.
The Bible has had both the front and back boards as well as the spine professionally reattached. Using new archival leather it makes for a very firm and solid binding. The original leather is still present on both front and back boards thus preserving its integrity. The original spine was able to be saved and has been reattached in order to preserve the integrity of the Bible.
On display is a unique example of an 1881 Old and New Testament Parallel Bible. It contains a Concordance, a Chronological Index, anAlphabeticalTable of the Proper Names and much, much more. Foxing is present throughout as shown in the pictures above, all of which is an expected condition of age.
It has some small sections missing and as such starts at Genesis 3. Please check photos to verify. Some of the pages that were missing in Genesis are included folded up on the inside. The covers show beautiful gold leaf on front and back with deep inlay scenes embossed into the covers. The gold embossed patterns are 24 karat gold and very intricate in design and can be seen in the pictures above. The clasp has been brought back to its original condition but does spring open uponoccasion.Holy Bible is inlaid on the spine as well as front and back covers. The spine shows 6 raised bands along with embossed inset panels.The color is a beautiful deep, deep mahogany color scheme. Gold gilt page edging is present albeit with a gently faded luster that time and the centuries have bestowed upon it.
Interestingly, there is a photo included from the early 1900's. It is shown above. There also are other bits and pieces of memorabilia that are included with the Bible. What came with it stays with it as it is an essential part of the its history.
This is a unique example of a Victorian Bible. It measures 12 3/4" x 10" x 3 1/2". This is a very large family bible weighing in at just over 12 pounds. There is family history present andthe area for it is located in the middle of the Bible. It is of course used and does show the expected wear and tear associated with its age. Again, it must be mentioned that it starts in Genesis 3 and that some of the missing pages are folded up on the inside and the clasp can spring open. This particular Bible has had an interesting and challenging life. Having had it rebound has certainly saved it from the dust bin of history and moved it on down the road another 200 years. That being said and because of its interesting history, it is being sold as is and consequently is being started at a very low opening offer.
This is an incredible opportunity to own a piece of history in the form of an authentic Victorian Bible printed in the 1800's. It would make an exellent display piece that could be opened to any of the magnificent pictures inside, or Title Pages, or left closed to show the spectacular 150 year old leather inlay covers.
Shipping to lower 48 states only, no returns, sold as is and must be paid in 2 days or will be relisted and the buyer reported to .
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