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Posted 2 years ago

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trunkman
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I was completely surprised one day when my mom pulled this out and gave it to me. Surprised because of how beautiful the binding is, and of the fact that it had been in our family all of my life, and yet I had never seen it as a youth. The interior sympathy card is that of my Great-great grandfather. Although the picture does not show well -- this is a mammoth bible. It is listed as being produced by J.S. Roberstson and Brothers Whitby Ontario. Original Gust Dore engravings within as well as many others. A date of 1875 is listed on an engraving but I think the Bible itself is from around 1890. It is a work of art in its own right.

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  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    So very glad that you have this magnificent family treasure! The cover alone is magnificent, but there's much more to this Bible than the cover. How very fine that you have your grandfather's death correspondence.

    Here's a bit of information on the artist, Gustave Doré. I snipped this from a the description of a bible for sale at AbeBooks.com. The proprietor culled it from 'Catholic resources', so I post my abridgement of his snippet below, along with a link to his webpage.

    ' [Illustrator Gustave] "Doré and the artisans in his studios produced hundreds of different woodcuts illustrating scenes from a wide variety of biblical stories from both the Old Testament (including the Apocrypha) and the New Testament. His biblical illustrations were first published in 1865 in France and reprinted in the late 1860's in various German, English, and other editions. These large-folio multi-volume Bibles (with about 240 illustrations each) were very heavy and expensive, but smaller editions were soon also published. Most of the illustrations are identical in the various editions, but some illustrations are not found in certain language editions, and in other cases as slightly different illustration is found for the same biblical passage. Doré's illustrations were extremely popular in both Europe and America in the last decades of the nineteenth century. For example, over 1.5 million people visited the Doré Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1896. Several publishers also printed smaller collections of his biblical illustrations without the complete text of the Bible in so-called "Doré Bible Gallery" editions. "His artistic style greatly influenced some of the early biblical films, especially those of D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille. In fact, some of the scenes from DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1923 & 1956) look remarkably similar to the corresponding biblical illustration by Doré." --- Catholic-resources. '

    http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?bi=0&bx=off&ds=30&n=200000038&sortby=1&tn=bible&x=0&y=0&yrh=1895&yrl=1865

    As I don't see an image with title page and other publication info, so I'll pass on that end. Couldn't resist praising the glorious cover and the illustrator. : )
  2. trunkman trunkman, 2 years ago
    miKKo -- wow, what wonderful information. I very much appreciate you sending me the info and link on the engraver!
  3. trunkman trunkman, 2 years ago
    Thanks petey, mikelv85, MarioZ ,Manikin, NicoleJerelen, bratjdd, miKKoChristmas11, Roycroftbooksfromme1, pw-collector, and mustangtony for the love....

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