Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Holy Bible by A. J. Holman, 1877

It's been almost two years since I started this blog, and I thank all of you for your continuous support and having given me such generous comments and encouragement about my work. I would have never imagined that my blog would attract so many visitors, let alone would gain 79 followers!?

Out of nostalgia, I was checking the works I've posted on my blog over the couple of years, and noticed there were posts that were incomparably more popular than others. Naturally, posts that contain my videos have attracted many visitors, but amongst the very popular ones, Holy Bible by A. J. Holman & Co. has proven to be a great interest to many. A. J. Holman & Co. is an American Bible publishing house from Philadelphia that was established in the 1870's, and had produced many of the large Family Bibles in this country. So, there are lots of folks whose families own a Bible by them. (I'd say, about the third of large Family Bibles we handle here, rather than portable personal ones, are by this company.) So, I decided to post another A. J. Holman with a different design, here on my blog.

This one was published in 1877, and has the owner's name custom-embossed on the front cover. The restoration on this Bible was a straightforward re-hinge, replacement of the internal cloth hinges, repairs on the edges and corners, some paper mending and the reproduction of family record pages.


  1. Hi MHR! Greetings from Guarulhos, Brazil!
    Thanks for this beautiful post, I liked too much your "before and after" pictures. Beautiful work.

    1. Muito obrigado, Lucia! I'm glad to hear that you like my "before/after" pictures! I post them here, hopping that people out there might start looking at old broken books in a different way. - They can be restored and have brand new lives that would last another hundred years!


  2. The book looks very heavy and solidly bound.The blind tooling on the cover seems to be very deep and dark.Is the blind tooling of this book different from the usual way?Has any paint been applied on the tooled area to get a dark effect?

    1. Nah, they used to use a large hot stamping machine with the plate to create the impression, and it's just the pressure and heat that create the contrast.