La Sainte Bible (1724), Published by Guillaume Desprez

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Full Title: LA SAINTE BIBLE Contenant  L'Ancien et le Nouveau TESTAMENT Traduite en françois  sur la Vulgate  Par Monsieur Le Maistre de Saci    

Published by Guillaume Desprez  & Jean Desessartz, Paris 1724

Language: French


18th century leather Bible in Folio format.  Binding full contemporary calf leather, back smoothed, decorated with gilded motifs, red morocco labelled title and year of edition printed with gold lettering. Used & worn leather of binding with minor rips & chipping, scuffed, edges and corners bumped, stains. Hinges have minor splitting, but joints still holding firmly.   Satisfactory interior. Old & New Testament, including Apocrypha. Genesis to Revelation. Text on two columns. Illuminated/decorated initial letters for each book. Title page engraving. Engraved illumination & capital for advertissement. Engraved illustration head-piece for Book of Genesis. Marbled end-papers. Embroidered book-headers and end-piece engravings. All edges red. Letter of Saint Jerome. Table of materials. Index of names. Table of chronology.

Examination of the book reveals an interesting provenance, and a curious exhibition of astrological and religious knowledge. Includes markings and notations in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. This Sainte Bible is perhaps a relic from the resurgence of Kabbalah in Paris during the 18th and 19th centuries. Provenance includes the family of Seigneur-Gens, with an inscribed family dedication on the front blank leaf, and additional loose notes with handwritten research of this book.


Very good; some separation of leather; straining of joints; some pages with minor water-staining, personal annotations by previous owner in Egyptian, Greek & Hebrew. Some faults, including age-yellowing, occasional foxing, stains on some pages, several margins with pencil annotations, tears of a few pages (without text loss), crease on half-title. Title-page with fold mark & dirt splotch. 1st page of Genesis with scotch-tape remnant of ancient repairs

Book Measurements:

15 in X 10 in X 2 in this book weighs apprx. 7 lbs

Total Length:

856-xxxij pp.