Antique Bibles, Bible Manuscripts, and Rare Bible leaves. All archival. All museum quality. Browse our website or call for more information at 541-990-9919.
All leaves are Guaranteed Originals!
Antique Bibles, Rare Bible Leaves, and Illuminated Bible Manuscripts dated from 1200 to 1700. Items on this site are premium selections with high theological value--no junk! Bible Manuscripts and Leaves vary in size, and are set in museum-quality Portfolios or Booklets for archival preservation. Shipping via Priority Mail. Questions? Call 541-990-9919. You may also ORDER BY PHONE. Ask for Bruce (see my bio, below). I authenticate and guarantee as original every Rare Bible, Manuscript or Leaf on this site, and affix my signature and seal to each COA. Inventory is temperature and humidity controlled.
Rare Bible Leaves and Bible Manuscripts are archivally preserved in the finest museum-quality materials, eliminating the high cost of framing (saving $150-$350). CLICK onto "Bifold Portfolio" or "Trifold Portfolio" or "Archival Booklets" -- then SEARCH the pull-down menu for a particular BIBLE/DATE. Special leaves or leaf-sets are under "Super Portfolios" or "Books of the Bible" or "Exceptional Items". For lower-cost Items, CLICK onto the "$39 or Less" category.
RARE Bibles, Bible leaves and illuminated (hand painted) Bible MANUSCRIPTS, artfully preserved in our own archival, museum-quality Portfolios & Booklets, made with SUPERIOR QUALITY that befits world-class heirlooms! Lovingly cradled in handmade archival Portfolios of fine cambric linen or linen fiber, silk moire, and clear archival sleeves as recommended by the Library of Congress.
Our Portfolios & Booklets are unique in the world of antique manuscript preservation! Your rare historic Bible Leaves or illuminated Bible Manuscript will be a precious antique Bible heirloom for generations!
A client recently wrote: "I was an antique print dealer for twenty years and have done business with a great many others in the same business. The Portfolio that houses the leaf I purchased from you is the most professional presentation I have ever seen. Thank you!" M.G.
Searching tips: Review the "Bible Flowchart" (top bar), then start with "Bifold Portfolio" or "Trifold Portfolio" where the selection is greatest. Because each antique Bible leaf or manuscript is unique, you will find thousands of close-ups detailing the exact leaf being offered. No surprises here! In addition to your rare Bible leaf or illuminated Bible manuscript, you will receive a full-sized Certificate of Authenticity (COA), signed by Dr. Bruce T. Martin, Th.D., with an embossed gold seal. No photocopies or cheap certificates! Call 541-990-9919 with any questions.
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Hello! My name is Bruce T. Martin. While attending seminary in the 1970's, and working in the seminary library, little did I know the historic value of the books contained in the older "stacks." Antique Bibles were cherished for the legacy they conveyed to communities of faith. My doctoral work in interreligious dialogue (Th.D., 1992) showed how important it is to maintain the integrity of the written word throughout the ages of interpretation and reinterpretation. Although the Gospel is not a written text but the sure promise of a living person (Christ), its proclamation of the "forgiveness of sins" in the Bible drove me to preserve Rare Bibles, Bible Leaves and Bible Manuscripts in such a way that being a "temporary custodian" of these texts would bring godly joy to future generations.
Since many rare, historic Bible leaves are not in English, I have tried to make them user-friendly by providing English translations of significant verses wherever possible. In addition, I have preserved them without resorting to expensive framing. Bibles produced prior to the mid-1500's were almost always in Latin; yet these are among the finest available. Partial English translations are written directly onto the COA's, enhancing the usefulness of these rare Bible leaves and manuscripts. Our proprietary, hand-made Archival Portfolios and Archival Booklets contain the finest of conservation materials as recommended by the Library of Congress. Our products are first-class in every way!
In order to display these rare historic Bible leaves and manuscripts archivally, I created museum-quality Portfolios in several formats, so that the leaves are easily reversible. Super-portfolios open like a book with many pages, the leaves being fully viewable on both sides. Our Archival Display Booklets are also designed so that the leaves are easily reversible. These are archival innovations not available anywhere else! Portfolios can stand open on a desk or table, by itself or on a Display Easel, or folded like a book to protect them from natural UV light.
About 3,000 years ago, the Creator of the universe spoke to us through words written "by the finger of God" (Deut. 9:10). Prior to printing, the Bible was written by hand, on papyrus or parchment, often taking years to produce a single copy. Despite the cost, Bibles were as artistic as they were exacting, and many stunning illuminated texts survive. With the advent of printing in 1454, the Bible became available to the laity and hastened the Reformation and the Renaissance. To preserve for posterity a leaf from an historic Bible is thus to be connected to the ongoing creativity of God's word.
From early on, Christians held on to fragments of old copies or old versions of the Bible. Jews, on the other hand, meticulously copied from worn-out copies and then respectfully disposed of the older copies. Either way, the "preservation and presentation of rare historic Bible leaves" is one link in that great chain of witnesses to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The motto on each portfolio reads: Verbum Dei Manet Aeternum ("The Word of God Remains Forever"), from Isaiah 40:8 and 1 Peter 1:25. I started Historic Bibles, inc. on this solid foundation, as a way of bringing the historically bound written Word into homes and offices. God uses created things, such as the spoken word and Bible fragments, in order to be heard: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Mark 4:9 par.)