1846 Harper Brothers Illuminated
The Illuminated Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, Translated Out of the Original Tongues, and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. With Marginal Readings, References, and Chronological Dates. Also, The Apocrypha. To Which Are Added, a Chronological Index… Embellished With Sixteen Hundred Historical Engravings… New York: Harper & Brothers, 1846.
The magnificent Harper’s illustrated Bible, published in 1846; issued in parts from 1843 to 1846. Gloriously illustrated throughout with very finely detailed engravings. A hugely expensive endeavor in its time, with a reputed cost in 1843 dollars of $20,000. Over six years in preparation. The first American book with electrotypes taken from woodcuts.
Stout small folio. 844; 128; 256; 4; 8; 14; 34. Frontispiece and illuminated title to each Testament. Tables, Index, and Concordance at back.
Some gatherings with very light browning or foxing; some bright white.
“This Harper publication was a remarkable production for its time and place, and retains its importance in the annals of book-making. W.J. Linton, noted wood-engraver and author, knew ‘no other book like this, so good, so perfect in all it undertakes’” (Weitenkampf, The Boston Public Library Quarterly, July, 1958).