Considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful bibles, the original book has a history of almost 200 years…
First published in England by publisher John Cassell at 1840-60’s and sold as Cassell’s Illustrated Family Bible using the text of KJV, this edition successfully circumvented the monopoly enjoyed by the privileged publishers. The text was lavishly illustrated and printed in a variety of formats, and was sold in parts costing a little as a penny.
As Gordon Campbell writes in his book Bible: The Story of the King James Version 1611-2011, on the back of its success in England Cassell opened an office in the United States, where sales were also huge. Installments sold at a the rate of 300,000 a week, and bound volumes sold for many years thereafter.
The New York Times called it “not simply good, but of rare degree of excellence”. The New York Tribune declared that “no illustrated Bible has ever equaled this in the artistic merit of its pictures“.
It took us almost a year to restore these magnificent graphic illustrations in the World’s Most Beautiful Bible – now it’s your turn to help it see the light of day!