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Frequently Asked Questions



What is the HISTORY of the Bible in English?
See the BIBLE FLOWCHART heading on the Home Page. The flowchart is of English Bibles only, from 1380 (Wycliff) to 1881 (Revised Version).

What about LAY-AWAY?
Lay-away (up to 6 months) is available for Items priced more than $500. Call to make payment arrangements. An initial non-refundable 20% minimum installment is required for an Item to be taken off the market and reserved for the purchaser. Subsequent minimum monthly installments are 10%, due no later than the initial calendar date + 10 calendar "grace" days. If the Item is no longer wanted, or if 3 successive months are skipped, or if the Item is not fully paid after 6 months + 10 calendar days: then the Item itself and 1/3 of all monies received towards the purchase price are forfeit. The Item will be sent to the purchaser upon payment in full; until then, it remains the legal property of Historic Bibles, inc. UPDATED/EFFECTIVE 10/29/09.

What BIBLES & LEAVES are available?
For particular BIBLES, see our INVENTORY on the Home Page. ENGLISH, LATIN, GREEK, and GERMAN Bible leaves are represented. For particular VERSES, email us or call/text 541-990-9919 (Pacific Time). This site sells mostly PREMIUM LEAVES. The "Top" OT Premium leaves include: Gen 1-22, Ex 20, Dt 5, Ps 23, followed by Ex 1-15, Lev 19, Ru 1, Ecc 1-3, Job 1, Ps 1, Is 1-9 and 52-61, Jer 31, and Ez 37. The "Top" NT Premium leaves include: Mt 1-5, Jn 1-3, Luke 1-3, 1 Cor 13 and Phil 1-2, followed by Rom 1-5, Ac 1-2, Rom 6-15, 1 Cor 1, Mk 1, 2 Cor 5, Col 1, Gal 1, Heb 1 and 11, and Rev 1 and 21-22. These lists are not exhaustive! PREMIUM leaves include TITLES and significant theological texts.

What about the CONDITION of a leaf?
Antiquarian grades, which strictly speaking refer to books, do not describe the condition of Bible leaves very well, so I use the following system. Nearly all leaves on this site are FINE or better. Flaws are noted with pictures of both sides. POOR - GOOD - FINE - EXCELLENT - SUPERIOR. Poor: Text partly missing. Good: Text intact. Leaf partly damaged or torn away. Fine: With some flaws, as noted. Excellent: Minor flaws only, as noted. Superior: Nearly Flawless.

What does LIMITED EDITION mean?
In general, Bibles that are no longer suitable for binding may only have 50 to 100 premium leaves suitable for Portfolios. Thus, a Bible with 100 usable leaves is a "limited edition" of 100, and in that case no more than 100 leaves will be numbered as such in our portfolios. A leaf designated as "LimEd 45/100" means that this is the 45th out of the 100 designated premium leaves from this Bible. Other Portfolios or Booklets may be produced from that Bible but not as part of the Limited Edition.

How is a leaf PRICED?
Price is determined by (1) RARITY (2) POPULARITY (3) CONDITION (4) SIZE. RARITY: English Bibles prior to 1580 are very costly, as are any Latin Bibles prior to 1540. POPULARITY: The more familiar texts (Ex 20, Ps 23, Jn 3:16, etc) are the most desired, as are many theological texts (Is 6, Rom 3, Heb 11, etc). CONDITION: The better the condition, the higher the price. SIZE: In general, the larger the leaf, the higher the price.

Do you take CONSIGNMENTS?
Yes, by written AGREEMENT. Items accepted for consignment are at Owner's risk and expense. Profits realized above an agreed "Wholesale Price" will be split evenly with Historic Bibles (HB) and Owner, accounting for any "added value" by HB. With few exceptions, only Leaves or Bibles produced prior to 1630 will be considered for consignment. Please do not send us your Bible without prior written AGREEMENT.

Do you do APPRAISALS?
Yes. Two types of Appraisals are available, and will depend on the quality of information provided to us. A GENERAL APPRAISAL will confirm basic identifying data (date, place of publication, references), plus the wholesale and retail valuations; cost for this service is $75. A more COMPREHENSIVE APPRAISAL will research missing identifying data (date, place of publication, references) and provide a Brief Summary of the results, along with the wholesale and retail valuations; cost for this service is $125. Call us to post a "Special Order" on the website.