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1760's Miniature (Thumb) Bible at Auction

Posted Tuesday, August 02 by CAG

I am interested in the "ball park" value of my 1769 Thumb Bible 7th Edition with Amendments. Published in Philadelphia, by A. Steuart. Size is appx. 2" high, 1 1/2" across and 1" wide. I am not sure of the best way to proceed in order to get the best price for it. Please feel free to email me with any questions. Thank you! Judy

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I know enough about books in general, and Bibles specifically, to know that age alone isn't enough to make this item valuable. Bibles especially, are not necessarily rare even from the 1700's. What made me suspect that this "thumb" Bible was special were two things. First it was printed in Philadelphia before the Revolutionary War. And, second that it was a miniature.

Knowing that this was beyond my expertise, I contacted Mary Williams, the Director of the Fine Books and Manuscripts Department at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. After further research and seeing the Bible in person to confirm its condition, she estimated the piece at $3,000 to $5,000. The Bible is part of their next Fine Book and Manuscript Auction being held on Tuesday, August 9, 2011.

To see the full description of this item, and another photo Click HERE

To see the entire catalog for this auction Click HERE and then click on the Fine Book and Manuscript link.

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