Glasgow and London: William Collins, Sons, & Company, 1869. Leather-bound. Gorgeous and massive 150 year-old bible, truly a labor of art, love and faith combined. Full dark brown leather, with contrasting morocco (goat) spine label, double-ruled at top and bottom, and lettered in gilt. Rebacked at some point, with five raised bands (six compartments), with original spine label reattached after rebinding, and new gilt date stamp (1869) to bottom compartment. Elaborate, Baroque, modelled thick boards with intricate gilding, and so many separate gilt design motifs and scene-representations on covers, that one could "read" the cover for a half-hour before ever opening this beautiful book! Heavy brass edging around all edges., elaborately worked. Original stamped brass, hinged clasps. Endpapers of vellum paper. All page edges gilt. Two sewn-in ribbon markers. Gorgeous illuminated style title page. More than 20 full-page brilliantly-colored chromolithographs, 5 color full-page maps, and 2 black and white maps. VERY HEAVY.
Simply a beautiful (and beautifully preserved) old family bible. Near Fine. Item #76657
Parallel passages in two central columns printed in full. The marginal references indicate chapter and verse. "For the first time in a Family Bible, these important aids...are quoted at length, so that the reader has, at a glance, the very words of those passages which are best fitted to illustrate or suggest the appropriate meaning of the text..."
"...The condensed comments of Matthew Henry and Thomas Scott, constitute the principle value of this edition...the exceedingly judicious observations, as well as critical notes of Scott, form together a perfect treasury of instructive and delightful reading..."
In the Appendix, the following valuable helps included: The Historical Connexion between the Old and New Testaments; Lists of Proper Names, with their significations; Table of Weights, Measures, Monies, and Time; Tables of Offices and Sects; Scripture Chronology; Biblical Antiquities; Harmony of the Gospels; and a Compact Biblical Cyclopaedia (John Eadie).