Just a comparison

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Adam and Eve from the old family bible.

I enjoy comparing images from the old bibles I happen to own. In this case the illustrations of Adam and Eve. The above one is from the old family bible that I inherited from my parents which originally came from my grandmother Fanny. It was printed in 1899. The below one is from the bible I wrote about in the post about illustrations and typography the other day.

It is interesting to compare styles of the illustrations as they come from different eras. The more detailed above and the cleaner one below.

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Adam and Eve, from the German bible.

The old family bible has golden covers which are somewhat damaged. Materials of covers seem to be some mix of old leather and paper.

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Golden front of family bible

The pages are well preserved despite their age and the very thin paper they are printed on. The illustrations and typography are interesting also in this bible. Detailed illustrations. Ornamented first letters in each chapter.

First book of Moses, first page.
First book of Moses, first page.

I loved to leaf through this family bible when I was little to look at the detailed images. I still do. The text is in an old style swedish that even to us that know swedish can be hard to understand sometimes. The edition of this particular bible is also an older one that do not exactly correspond to the current editions.

I love old books.

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