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Small is Beautiful

December 2nd, 2010 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest

As you may know, R.L. Allan have a reputation for making larger format, hand-finished Bibles.  But what is the smallest Bible you have ever seen? Can you beat mine?

I have a tiny KJV Bible which is only one and a quarter inches high and just over one inch wide! It is beautifully bound in brown calfskin and the whole Bible is completely legible with the aid of a tiny magnifying glass which is kept in a pocket inside the front cover.

I produced this tiny marvel at a meeting of librarians this week and immediately they told me “This is a Bryce Bible, named after the printer, which was printed in 1901 for the historical Empire Exhibition in Glasgow”.  I enquired about its likely value. “Not much,” they said, “only about £300″ ! I was flabbergasted. That something so wee should be so precious.

I kept my tiny brown Bible in a desk drawer and thought of it simply as a novelty item. No longer! I must think of it as a treasured Bible, whose words are priceless. Much, much more than $500!

I wonder if you have some old Bibles in the house which are special to you?  Do please let me know about them and why they mean so much to you.

Nicholas

ps.  The KJV will be 400 years old next year. What other terms are there for a 400-year-anniversary?



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