Rare Bibles

Although we specialize in Bible leaves, occasionally we offer complete Bibles that are either rare or historically significant. In general, we try to restrict our Bibles (and leaves) to those published no later than 1640. Please contact us is you wish to place your Bible on consignment. Call 541-990-9919.

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King James Cambridge


  Bibles $24,500.00
  1629 King James "Authorized" Bible, editio princeps (FIRST EDITION, complete in all parts -- with all intended Cambridge parts!), Cambridge University Press, 1629, Tho: and John Buck. Medium Folio (the only edition this year). VERY RARE IN THIS CONDITION, PAPER-TYPE, AND COMPLETENESS. A Superior copy! The first complete "editorial revision" of the King James Bible. RULED-IN-RED throughout, on fine linen-rag paper, thick, bright, with no danger of tearing when handled. Reference: Herbert 424. Provenance: "A.G.Jennings 1877" (a NYC businessman and historian of religion, d.1904). COMPLETE exactly as intended by the Cambridge printers. Contains: ORIGINAL ENGRAVED TITLE, BCP, ALL CAMBRIDGE PRELIMINARIES, OT, APOCRYPHA, NT TITLE, NT, BLANK, BPCEM, TABLE. This Bible printed on fine, white, linen-rag paper (McMullin's "D" forme), exceptionally nice, the heaviest and BEST paper used apart from the two "Royal" eds (McMullin's formes F and G; Forme E uses a thin linen-rag). Wide margins w. leaves 11 15/16" x 7 15/16". Gauffered edges on all sides in geometric patterns of stars and diamonds. In strict antiquarian terms, Bible is in "nearly fine" condition; repaired small marginal/edge tears, minor spots here and there, red ink spill on final leaf of the Apocrypha (see pics). SUPERBLY TOOLED multi-panel leather binding, in period style, of "British vegetable tanned calf" (all archival); w. 5 raised bands to the spine and gilt lettering. End-pages of contemporary antiphonal music sheets, as befits the function of this Bible. Only a handful of such Bibles still exist in this superior state of preservation and completeness. Bible comes in a felt-lined linen cloth slipcase (value $225), and is here being sold along with an 8-piece "Cambridge Ensemble" (value $5,000) that celebrates its Cambridge heritage: (1) FIRST EDITION, very large c1220 illuminated manuscript leaf from the very rare "Cambridge Bible", 11"x7.75", Acts 3-7 (value $2000); (2) FIRST EDITION 1638 Cambridge Bible leaf, folio, ruled in red, title to Matthew 1-3 (value $350); (3) FIRST EDITION 1632 Engraved Title leaf to the Greek NT, octavo, printed at Cambridge, w. Title leaf to ACTS 1:1-18 (value $300); (4) 1591 Geneva Bible, facsimile reprint (only 3 originals are known to exist), this being the first Bible ever printed at Cambridge; a rare reprint w. only 500 numbered copies; like new, value $850, set in a fine presentation box; (5) New, NIV Cambridge Bible, NI206WM Premier Wide Margin Reference Edition, supple goatskin, in a Rosewood Presentation Box, (value $750); (6) New, 3-vol set of D. McKitterick's "A History of Cambridge University Press", (value $650), now out-of-print; (7) New, D. McKitterick's "Four Hundred Years of University Publishing and Printing in Cambridge, Catalogue of an Exhibition", (value $40); and (8) B. J. McMullin's now hard to find 1984 article "The 1629 Cambridge Bible", (value $50), comparing 39 copies in the UK. Note that just 41 copies of this 1629 first edition folio Bible are listed in the ESTC database. This 8-piece Ensemble ($5,000+ total value) contextualizes a beautiful and rare FIRST EDITION Bible. Judging by McMullin's census, this Bible ranks among the top 15-20 in the world. ASK FOR A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION AND VALUATION PROSPECTUS. Compare just the 1629 Bible to $45K - $85K + 20% auction fees; also see the one on eBay for $97,500 (was $145K but these prices are extravagant in my judgment). ASK about the Bible and slipcase only, without the Ensemble. CALL 541-990-9919 for actual pricing and more information.  
  12.25" x 8.4" x 2.25
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Common Prayer + NT


  Bibles $1,950.00
  1662 BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER + NEW TESTAMENT + THE WHOLE BOOK OF PSALMS. Octavo. V.RARE. First 1662 CAMBRIDGE ed, rarer than the London ed. Printed by John Field for Cambridge University, 1662. NT Reference: Herbert 682. RULED-IN-RED throughout. BCP Title in facsimile and lacking first 3 pgs of Act of Uniformity; contents confirm this BCP as 1662 first ed. All else complete, with original 1662 titles for NT and PSALMS. Torn lower corner a2 (Psalm 7/8); ink spill k4-5 (18-19 Sunday after Trinity). Original calf boards w. blind tooled "ropes", reconditioned corners, binding is secure tho some pages are loosening. Overall a nice First Edition BCP/NT/PSALMS from Cambridge. Compare at $5000+.  
  6.7" x 4.4" x 1.4"
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Greek NT - Blaeu


  Bibles $1,950.00
  1633 GREEK NEW TESTAMENT. Printed by Guilielmum Blaeu in Amsterdam, 1633. 32 mo. V.RARE. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. Complete w. original engraved title, reinforced. Pagination: Title, 454pp, [vi], blank. 6p of tables follow the text. Reference: D&M 4681. Delaveau & Hillard 3719. Original full calf morocco, reinforced; w. gilt debossing, designs and triple line border front and back; 4 raised bands on spine also w. gilt; gilted edges. 1 working silver clasp; the other clasp missing on one side. Marbled endpapers. Unglossed. Double signature "Grorgin Dugard Presbyter Catholica Ecclesia" (front flyleaf and Title verso). PERFECT text without blemish, uncut, very sharp impression (though pics look washed). None listed on ESTC. Prev. auction, 11/03, $2750; 7/06 w/o title, $1700. This copy: original provenance, perfect text, tight and secure binding, complete w. title and original binding.  
  4.4" x 2.3" x .8"
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King James - Collins


  Bibles $2,750.00
  1791 KING JAMES BIBLE "COLLINS". V.RARE. FIRST EDITION. Printed by Isaac Collins at Trenton, New Jersey, 1791. Reference: Herbert 1354. Hills 31. Original leather boards. Complete, w. a few leaves (introductory) torn or a bit detached (major prophets). "The Bible of Colonial America". First Family Bible in the newly reorganized United States (1789). First Bible printed in New Jersey. Wildly popular due to the exactness of the text; the only errors ever found being a broken letter and a punctuation mark! The Collins Bible was the standard text for the next 110 years. Of 5000 copies printed in 1791, fewer than 100 survive today. Compare to $3000 or more. ** -- SEE BELOW FOR A 1791 COLLINS NT -- **  
  10.8" x 9" x 3.4"
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Common Prayer + NT


  Bibles $950.00
  1702 BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER + NEW TESTAMENT + WHOLE BOOK OF PSALMS. BCP printed by Charles Bill, London, 1702. NT printed by Charles Bill, London, 1703. All texts complete. Psalms printed by Katharine Richardson, London, 1703. Large Octavo. Reference: Herbert 874. Engraved frontispiece of Queen Anne. 53 finely engraved plates, the complete set. Late 18th C. full tree calf marbled boards, gilt patterns on spine and both sides; imprinted on front cover "E.L. WEST." Very tight undamaged binding. Red speckled edges (sprinkling). Extraordinarily clean and very bright! No finer edition than this. Compare to $2000 or more.  
  7.5" x 4.8" x 2.3"
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King James


  Bibles $875.00
  1629 NEW TESTAMENT. Sm. Octavo. Printed in London by Norton & Bill, 1629 (colophon). Black Letter. Ref: not in Herbert, but follows the pagination of the 1624 octavo NT, w. reprints; Herbert 394 and 418. Original cloth w. vellum ties recovered in old vellum, w. "New Testament 1629" inscribed on upper spine. Text complete w. original Title. Small "Carl Bertheau" name plate on inner cover. Nice cotton-rag leaves; no tears or holes or smudges. Hard to find these little ones anymore! Compare to $2000.  
  5.75" x 4" x 1"
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