Rare Antique Eighteenth Century French "Sainte Bible" circa 1730Rare Antique Eighteenth Century French "Sainte Bible" circa 1730Rare Antique Eighteenth Century French "Sainte Bible" circa 1730Rare Antique Eighteenth Century French "Sainte Bible" circa 1730Rare Antique Eighteenth Century French "Sainte Bible" circa 1730Rare Antique Eighteenth Century French "Sainte Bible" circa 1730Rare Antique Eighteenth Century French "Sainte Bible" circa 1730Rare Antique Eighteenth Century French "Sainte Bible" circa 1730

This is a rare example of a fine and luxuriously bound "Sainte Bible", which contains both the Old and New Testaments. This early printing is known as the "Bible of Port-Royal", published in Paris by Desprez & Desessarts in 1730.

A well-loved printed edition, it was translated into the French language from the Vulgate (common) Latin language, by Monsieur Lemaistre de Saci. The translation of Lemaistre de Saci is the most well-known of French translations; it was the first translation which was accessible to the general public, who could not read the Latin language.

The ten volumes are bound in the finest red morocco, which was one of the most expensive types of bindings in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Red Morocco bindings were used for private noble or royal individuals (the text was purchased separately and then given to a personal bookbinder). The bindings are rich with the beautiful design of the early 1700's : the cover boards have a single hand-tooled gilt frame with hand-tooled gilt tooled fleurons at the angles. The spines have raised bands forming compartments filled by hand-tooled gilt tooled fleurons. At the bottom of the spines is a 1/4" band of hand-tooled gilt fleur de lys. The endpapers are marbled and all page edges gilt. Each volume measures: 3 1/4" x 5 1/2".

The volumes are in very good condition. There is professional restoration to some of the spine/cover board joints (very well done) and some light wear to the bindings as is typical with age (more than 250 years old). The red morocco remains a rich, bright color. The pictures aid in our description, we are happy to furnish additional pictures of each volume upon request.

The complete set, in such a fine binding style is a rare find in today's market.

Item ID: C39

Rare Antique Eighteenth Century French "Sainte Bible" circa 1730

$4,200 USD

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